Alasdair Morgan

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Alasdair Morgan
Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party
In office
22 September 1990 – September 1991
LeaderAlex Salmond
Preceded byAlex Salmond
Succeeded byJim Sillars
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
In office
1 May 2003 – 22 March 2011
Preceded byMichael Russell
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
In office
6 May 1999 – 1 May 2003
Preceded bynew constituency
Succeeded byAlex Fergusson
Member of Parliament
for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
In office
1 May 1997 – 7 June 2001
Preceded byIan Lang
Succeeded byPeter Duncan
Personal details
Born (1945-04-21) 21 April 1945 (age 73)
Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Spouse(s)Anne Gilfillan
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
Open University
ProfessionTeacher, Computer programmer
Websitewww.amorgan.org.uk

Alasdair Neil Morgan[1] (born 21 April 1945) is a Scottish politician. He was Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party from 1990–91 and a served as the Member of Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale from 1997-2001. He was elected in 1999 as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale. From 2003-2011, he served as a member for the South of Scotland region.

Morgan was a Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2007-2011. He is currently an Electoral Commissioner.

Early life and career[edit]

Morgan was born in Aberfeldy and was educated at Breadalbane Academy and the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1968 with a MA Honours degree in Mathematics and Political economy. From 1971-74 he worked as a Teacher of Mathematics at Linlithgow Academy and subsequently Douglas Ewart High School. He graduated from the Open University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990.

He was employed as a Software Programmer at Shell from 1974–80, then as a Systems Analyst with General Electric from 1980-84. He then worked as a Computer Systems Team Leader at Fife Regional Council (1984-1986), Lothian Regional Council (1986-1996) and West Lothian Council (1996-1997).

Political career[edit]

Morgan joined the Scottish National Party in 1974. He served as SNP National Treasurer from 1983–90, when he was elected Senior Vice Convener (depute leader) at the same election that saw Alex Salmond first elected as Leader of the Scottish National Party. Morgan was defeated by Jim Sillars in the depute leadership election the following year, but served as National Secretary from 1992-97. During that same year, he was elected as one of the SNP's vice presidents; an office he held until these positions were abolished as part of the party's constitutional reforms in 2004.

He was the SNP candidate for the Tayside North constituency in 1983, Dundee West in 1987 and Dumfries in 1992.

Morgan was elected as the Member of Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale at the 1997 general election and served as a member of the Trade and Industry Select Committee and as leader of the SNP parliamentary group in the House of Commons from 1999-2001. Morgan stepped down at the 2001 general election.

He was elected as the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale in 1999, with a majority of 3,201 votes. He served as convener of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee from 2000-01.[2] At the 2003 Scottish Parliamentary election, he narrowly lost his constituency seat to Alex Fergusson of the Scottish Conservative Party by just 99 votes. However, he was elected as a List MSP for the South of Scotland region.[3] In 2007, he was re-elected by the regional list.[4]

Morgan served as convener of the Enterprise and Culture Committee from 2003–04, convener of the SNP parliamentary group from 2003–05, and as SNP chief whip from 2005-07. Morgan was a Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 2007-11. He retired as an MSP at the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary election. In May 2014, he was appointed as an Electoral Commissioner [5]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan is married with two daughters. He lives in Dunfermline, Fife.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whoswho/U28026/
  2. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 1 (1999-2003): Alasdair Morgan". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Alasdair Morgan". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007-2011): Alasdair Morgan". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Two new Electoral Commissioners approved" (Press release). Electoral Commission. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2015.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Lang
Member of Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
19972001
Succeeded by
Peter Duncan
Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
19992003
Succeeded by
Alex Fergusson
Preceded by
Michael Russell
Member of the Scottish Parliament for South of Scotland
20032011
Succeeded by
Chic Brodie
Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael Murgatroyd
Treasurer of the Scottish National Party
1983–1990
Succeeded by
Tom Chalmers
Preceded by
Alex Salmond
Senior Vice Convener (Depute Leader) of the Scottish National Party
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Jim Sillars
Preceded by
John Swinney
National Secretary of the Scottish National Party
1992–1997
Succeeded by
Stewart Hosie