Alan Reid (politician)

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Alan Reid
Member of Parliament
for Argyll and Bute
In office
7 June 2001 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byRay Michie
Succeeded byBrendan O'Hara
Personal details
Born (1954-08-07) 7 August 1954 (age 66)
Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde

Alan Reid (born 7 August 1954, Ayr, Scotland) is a Scottish politician. He was a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Argyll and Bute, until losing his seat to the SNP at the 2015 general election. He was first elected at the 2001 general election.


Reid was educated at Ayr Academy and the University of Strathclyde where he gained a BSc in Mathematics. Prior to his election to the House of Commons he worked for the University of Glasgow as a computer project manager.

He remains a member of the AUT (Association of University Teachers). He was a councillor on Renfrewshire District Council from 1988 to 1996.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Reid contested Paisley South in a 1990 by-election and the 1992 general election and Dumbarton in 1997, before being elected for Argyll and Bute in 2001.

In the 2010 Parliament, he served on the Scottish Affairs Committee.[1] In the previous Parliament he was the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Northern Ireland Office and Scotland Office matters. He has also served as a Liberal Democrat whip.[1]

During the MPs expenses scandal, The Daily Telegraph drew attention to Reid's claims of over £1500 for stays in B&B's within his own constituency. Reid argued overnight stays were necessary where ferry timetables made it impossible to return to his constituency home, and said he had successfully challenged initially rejected expense claims by explaining the geography of Argyll and Bute.[2]

Reid unsuccessfully stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate in his former seat of Argyll and Bute at the 2017 and 2019 general elections.[3]

He is the lead list candidate in the Highlands and Islands electoral region for the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Alan Reid". Parliament UK. Archived from the original on 27 December 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Scottish MP Alan Reid claimed £1,580 for B&Bs and hotels near home: MPs' expenses". The Daily Telegraph. 13 May 2009. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ray Michie
Member of Parliament for Argyll and Bute
Succeeded by
Brendan O'Hara