Sir Robert Smith, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Robert Smith
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 56)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Alma mater University of Aberdeen
A baronet's ribbon

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]

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.

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.[1]

In 2013, Smith was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but intends to continue as an MP and re-stand for election in 2015.[2]


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)