Chic Brodie (politician)

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Chic Brodie
Chic Brodie.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South Scotland
In office
5 May 2011 – 23 March 2016
Personal details
Born 8 May 1944
Political party Liberal Party (1974-1988)
Liberal Democrats (1988-2010)
Scottish National Party (2010-2017)
Alma mater University of St Andrews
Occupation Businessman
Religion Church of Scotland

Charles "Chic" Gilchrist Brodie (born 8 May 1944[1]) is a Scottish politician, who was a SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South Scotland region from 2011 until 2016. Brodie previously stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the 1992, 1997 and 2001 UK General Elections, and as a Liberal in the General Elections of October 1974, 1979, 1983 and 1987.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Brodie was educated at Morgan Academy in Dundee and graduated from the University of St Andrews in 1966 with a BSc in Mathematics and Economics.


Brodie first sought election to parliament as a Liberal candidate in the October 1974 UK General Election standing in Dundee East. He contested that seat again in 1979, before contesting Ayr in 1983 and Surrey North West in 1987. Following the merger of the Liberals and the SDP he fought Glasgow Garscadden as a Liberal Democrat at the 1992 election, finishing in fourth place in the seat held by then Shadow Scottish Secretary Donald Dewar.[3]

Brodie stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the 1992, 1997 and 2001 UK General Elections.[4][5] He then switched parties to the Scottish National Party, first standing for them in the 2010 general election for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, where he finished in third place moving ahead of the Liberal Democrats who took fourth.

Scottish Parliament[edit]

Brodie was an SNP candidate in the 2011 Scottish Parliament general election. He was not successful in the constituency vote for Ayr, but was returned on the regional list as an MSP for South Scotland.

At Parliament, he was a deputy convener of the Public Petitions committee and a member of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee and the Subordinate Legislation Committee (see Committees of the Scottish Parliament).[6] He was also Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Social Enterprise, and a member of the groups on China, Golf and Nuclear Disarmament.

In 2013–2014, Brodie claimed £54,297 in expenses, the highest amount for a MSP that session.[7]

In August 2015 he failed to win selection as the SNP candidate for the Ayr constituency, losing out to Glasgow councillor Jennifer Dunn.[8] In October he was included on the SNP's regional list for South Scotland, placed seventh.[9] The SNP returned three MSPs from their list.[10]


  1. ^ "Democracy Live: Chic Brodie MSP". BBC. Archived from the original on 2015-02-12. Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  2. ^ Chic Brodie: Electoral history and profile | Politics | The Guardian
  3. ^ a b The Times Guide to the House of Commons April 1992. London: Times Books. 1992. p. 119. ISBN 0-7230-0497-8. 
  4. ^ Chic Brodie: Electoral history and profile | Politics | The Guardian
  5. ^ "Lib Dem candidate shot". BBC News. 31 May 2001. 
  6. ^ "MSPs: Previous MSPs: Session 4 (11 May 2011 - 23 March 2016) Brodie, Chic". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Dinwoodie, Robbie (10 October 2014). "MSP expenses: From chips to hiring buddies". The Herald. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Gardham, Magnus (19 August 2015). "Minister fights for her political career in SNP's scramble for seats". The Herald. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "SNP releases candidate lists ahead of 2016 election". Holyrood. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Scotland election 2016: South Scotland". BBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2016.