Sir Robert Smith, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Robert Smith
Key Robert Smith1.jpg
Member of Parliament
for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 3,684 (8.2%)
Personal details
Born (1958-04-15) 15 April 1958 (age 57)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Alma mater University of Aberdeen

Sir Robert Hill Smith, 3rd Baronet (born 15 April 1958) is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician who has been the Member of Parliament for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine since 1997.

Early life[edit]

Merchant Taylors' School
A baronet's ribbon

Educated at the Merchant Taylors' School, London and the University of Aberdeen (MA), he was a member of the Social Democratic Party before its merger with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats. He served as an Aberdeenshire Councillor and Convener of the Grampian Joint Police Board 1995-97.

His grandfather represented the same constituency as a Unionist from 1924 until 1945.

Parliamentary career[edit]

The Insignia of a baronet

Sir Robert contested Aberdeen North in 1987. He was first elected to Parliament in 1997. He is the Liberal Democrat Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Commons.

Sir Robert’s areas of political interest include energy policy, rural issues and international development. He has been a member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee since it was created in 2009, acting as Interim Committee Chair from June - November 2013. He sat on the International Development Select Committee from 2007 to 2009.

He serves as Honorary Vice-President of Energy Action Scotland, a fuel poverty charity, and is a Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group for the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. He is Vice-Chair of the Post Offices APPG and Co-Chairs the APPG on Afghanistan. He represents a large rural constituency where the oil and gas industry, subsea engineering and marine renewables are major employers. He has served on the Energy and Climate Change committee since 2009[1]

His previous portfolios include party Energy spokesperson, Deputy Chief Whip and shadowing the Scotland Office; he has served on the Trade & Industry Select Committee, Scottish Affairs Select Committee and the Procedure Committee.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sir Robert succeeded to the baronetcy upon his father's death in 1983. He married Fiona Cormack in 1993; they have three daughters.

The heir presumptive to the title is his brother, Professor Charles Smith.[2]

In 2013, Smith was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but intends to continue as an MP and re-stand for election in 2015.[3]


External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
1997 – present
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Gordon Smith, 2nd Baronet
(of Crowmallie, Aberdeen)