Colin Smyth

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Colin Smyth

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South Scotland
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Personal details
Political partyScottish Labour Party

Colin Smyth MSP is a Scottish Labour Party politician who has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the South Scotland region since the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[1] He was general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party 2008−2012.

Political career[edit]

Smyth previously worked as a teacher, becoming a Labour party organiser in 2003.[2] In 2008 he was appointed general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, succeeding Lesley Quinn.[3] In September 2012, Scottish Labour announced that Smyth would step down from the position at the party’s conference in the following month.

In 2007 he was elected to Dumfries and Galloway Council, representing the Nith Ward. He was re-elected to this position in 2012.[4]


  1. ^ "Election 2016: South Scotland. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Labour unveils new top official". BBC News. 4 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Scottish Labour's Colin Smyth to step down as general secretary". BBC News. 18 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Member and Committee Information". Dumfries and Galloway Council. Retrieved 7 May 2016.