Iain Smith (Scottish politician)
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Fife
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
|Preceded by||new constituency|
|Succeeded by||Rod Campbell|
1 May 1960 |
|Political party||Scottish Liberal Democrats|
|Alma mater||Newcastle University|
Prior to entering Parliament, Smith worked for Northumberland County Council, managed an Advice Centre in Dundee and was Constituency Assistant to North East Fife MP, Sir Menzies Campbell. Simultaneously, he was a Councillor and Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Fife Council 1986 to 1999.
Smith was elected to the first Scottish Parliament in May 1999 to represent his home constituency of North East Fife and was appointed as Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business in the government of First Minister Donald Dewar. A post he held until Donald Dewar’s death the following year.
He convened the Parliament’s Procedures Committee from 2003 until 2005 when he was elected Convener of the Education Committee, a position he held until the 2007 Election.
After the election Smith was appointed Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Europe, External Affairs and Culture and was elected by his colleagues to Chair of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party. In September 2008 he became Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s influential Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.
For the past eight years, Smith has lived with his partner in Ladybank. He has a broad interest in sports, particularly cricket and football. He likes to travel widely and has a keen interest in culture.
- Iain Smith profile at the site of Scottish Liberal Democrats
|Member of the Scottish Parliament for North East Fife
|Convener of the Energy, Economy and Tourism Committee
|Convener of the Education Committee
|Convener of the Procedures Committee
|Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business