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
Councillor
for Parkside, Surrey Heath
In office
4 May 1995 – 4 May 1999
Personal details
Born 8 May 1944
Political party Liberal Party (1974-1988)
Liberal Democrats (1988-2010)
SNP (2010-2017)
Independent (2017-)
Alma mater University of St Andrews
Occupation Businessman

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.

Politics[edit]

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. He had been selected to contest to contest Glasgow Hillhead for the Liberals at the next election, a seat the party was campaigning actively in. However at the start of 1982 it's sitting MP, the Conservative Tam Galbraith died, setting up a by-election. The fledgling SDP, who had created an electoral pact - termed the 'Alliance' - with the Liberals immediately declared they wished to fight the seat and wanted for cabinet ministerRoy Jenkins to be their candidate.[4] Critical of the fact that the SDP and Liberals were 'haggling only hours' after Galbraith had died, Brodie initially declined to comment on the situation, other than to indicate he would act in the best interests of the Alliance.[4] Ultimately after talks with Jenkins in London, Brodie agreed to withdraw in his favour.[5] Jenkins would go on to win the by-election.

Following the merger of the Liberals and the SDP, he then contested Ayr in 1983 and North West Surrey in 1987. Brodie stood as a Liberal Democrat/SDP candidate in Surrey Heath's Old Dean ward in the 1987 local election, finishing third with 475 votes.[6] In the 1991 local election he then stood in Surrey Heath's Bisley and Heatherside wards, finishing second and fourth respectively with 363 votes in Bisley and 879 votes in Heatherside.[6] He fought Glasgow Garscadden in the UK Parliament 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 was eventually elected in Surrey Heath's Parkside ward at the 1995 local election, coming second with 628 votes.[6]

Brodie stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Perth in the 1997 General Election. In the 2001 General Election Brodie stood for the Liberal Democrats in Greenock and Inverclyde, finishing second with 5,039 votes. 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).[7] 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.[8]

In August 2015 he failed to win selection as the SNP candidate for the Ayr constituency, losing out to Glasgow councillor Jennifer Dunn.[9] In October he was included on the SNP's regional list for South Scotland, placed seventh.[10] The SNP returned three MSPs from their list.[11]

Controversies[edit]

In March 2016 questions were raised about Brodie's Parliamentary expenses. Over the five years that he had been a MSP, he paid a total of £87,616 for "outsourced constituency work" to Caledonii Resources, a company set up in 2010.[12] That company was 90% owned by Corri Wilson, who founded it one month before she became an SNP councillor for Ayr East ward in 2012.[13] Some £20,000 was transferred during the Scottish independence referendum campaign in 2014 and a further £20,000 being transferred during the 2015 UK general election campaign.[14][15]

Independent candidate[edit]

In January 2017, Brodie resigned from the SNP and announced that he would stand as an Independent candidate in the Ayr West ward of South Ayrshire as part of the 2017 Council election.[16] At the election he secured 506 first preference votes, finishing last behind six other candidates.

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b Clark, William (4 January 1982). "SDP send for Roy Jenkins after death of Sir Thomas". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Jenkins is ready for the fray". The Glasgow Herald. 11 January 1982. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c http://www.electionscentre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Surrey-Heath-1973-2011.pdf 'Surrey Heath Borough Council Election Results 1973-2011'
  7. ^ "MSPs: Previous MSPs: Session 4 (11 May 2011 - 23 March 2016) Brodie, Chic". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Dinwoodie, Robbie (10 October 2014). "MSP expenses: From chips to hiring buddies". The Herald. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Gardham, Magnus (19 August 2015). "Minister fights for her political career in SNP's scramble for seats". The Herald. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "SNP releases candidate lists ahead of 2016 election". Holyrood. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Scotland election 2016: South Scotland". BBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Tories call for inquiry into Nationalist politician's use of party colleague's firm for staffing contract". The Herald. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  13. ^ https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/SC420971
  14. ^ Macnab, Scott (28 March 2016). "Former SNP MSP Chic Brodie rejects claims over expenses". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  15. ^ Gilligan, Andrew (27 March 2016). "SNP expense row over £87,000 'milked from public purse'". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  16. ^ "Former MSP Chic Brodie quits SNP over "petty tribal politics" and announces Independent candidacy for South Ayrshire Council". Ayrshire Post. 16 January 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.