|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Edinburgh Western
7 May 2011 – 23 March 2016
|Preceded by||Margaret Smith|
|Succeeded by||Alex Cole-Hamilton|
9 December 1959 |
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
Colin George Keir (born 9 December 1959) is a Scottish politician, formerly the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Edinburgh Western constituency 2011−2016. Before being elected as a MSP, he was a councillor.
Keir was born on 9 December 1959 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at Craigmount High School and Stevenson College. He is a former Scottish Schools 5000 metres champion and cross-country international.
Keir contested the seat of Edinburgh Western in the Scottish Parliament general election, 2011, and defeated the Liberal Democrat incumbent Margaret Smith with a substantial swing to win with a margin of 2,689 votes.
In August 2015, after serving just one term, Keir was heavily defeated in his attempt to be re-nominated as the SNP candidate in Edinburgh Western for the 2016 election. Keir was beaten by Toni Giugliano, a member of the party's national executive committee, who had received the backing of former leader Alex Salmond. During his campaign for re-selection Keir had issued campaign literature emphasising his support for a second independence referendum.
- "About: Colin Keir". Scottish National Party. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
- "Taxi rules call to slam door on gangsters muscling in to trade". Edinburgh Evening News. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
- "Vote 2011: Scotland elections: Constituencies: Edinburgh Western". BBC News. 11 May 2011.
- "SNP MSP Colin Keir deselected for 2016 vote". Edinburgh Evening News. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
- former MSP profile on Scottish Parliament website