Dennis Robertson (politician)

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Dennis Robertson
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Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Aberdeenshire West
In office
5 May 2011 – 24 March 2016
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by Alexander Burnett
Majority 4,112 (14.2%)
Personal details
Born (1956-08-14) 14 August 1956 (age 60)[1]
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Anne

Dennis Robertson is a Scottish politician, and formerly a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Aberdeenshire West constituency 2011−2016. He is a member of the Scottish National Party. He is the first blind MSP to be elected to the Scottish Parliament.[2]


After an education at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh (1968-1974), and studying social work at Langside College (1981-1983), Robertson worked as a social worker in Greenock from 1979. In 1989 he joined the Guide Dogs for the Blind association based in Forfar, before joining North East Sensory Services in 2005.

He was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011,[3] after defeating the Liberal Democrat incumbent, Mike Rumbles, by a majority of 4,112 votes.

He stood again in 2016 but was unseated by Alexander Burnett.

Personal life[edit]

Robertson has been registered as blind since he was 11. Married to Ann, the couple had two daughters. Their daughter Caroline died in February 2011, from complications arising from anorexia,[4] after Robertson had started election campaigning.[2][5]


  1. ^ a b "Personal Information - MSPs : Scottish Parliament". 1956-08-14. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Home | News | STV". News. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  3. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven (2011-05-05). "Scottish election: As it happened". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  4. ^ "BBC News - 'My anorexic daughter is now at peace'". 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ "BBC News - MSP whose daughter died of eating disorder leads debate". 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-17.