Gordon Jackson (politician)

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Gordon Jackson
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Gordon Jackson pictured at the SECC giving his candidate speech after losing the Glasgow Govan seat to Nicola Sturgeon.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Govan
In office
1999 – 2 April 2007
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Nicola Sturgeon
Personal details
Born William Gordon Jackson
(1948-08-05) 5 August 1948 (age 68)
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Anne Stevely
Alma mater University of St Andrews
Profession Advocate

(William) Gordon Jackson (born 5 August 1948) is a Scottish Labour Party politician and lawyer. He was the MSP for Glasgow Govan from 1999 to 2007.

Early life[edit]

Jackson was educated at Ardrossan Academy and studied Law at the University of St Andrews. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1979 and served as an Advocate Depute from 1987 to 1990. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln's Inn) in 1989, and appointed Queen's Counsel in Scotland in 1990.

Political career[edit]

Jackson was elected to the Scottish Parliament in the 1999 election representing Glasgow Govan. Whilst serving as a member, he continued to undertake work at the Bar, provoking criticism in some quarters. He was reputedly nicknamed "Crackerjack", for repeatedly arriving at Parliament just before the 5pm vote; the name was a reference to the children's programme, Crackerjack, which famously started at 4.55pm.[1] He was defeated in the 2007 election by then-Scottish National Party Depute Leader Nicola Sturgeon.

Legal career[edit]

Jackson continues to practice at the Scottish Bar. He has been tipped to become a Senator of the College of Justice by the Sunday Herald. [2]

In 2016 he became Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. [3]

Personal life[edit]

Jackson married Anne Stevely in 1972, with whom he has a son and two daughters. He is an Honorary Vice-President of English-Speaking Union Scotland.


Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Govan
Succeeded by
Nicola Sturgeon