Jackson Carlaw

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Jackson Carlaw
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives
Assumed office
10 November 2011
Leader Ruth Davidson
Preceded by Murdo Fraser
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Eastwood
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Preceded by Ken Macintosh
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for West Scotland
In office
3 May 2007 – 5 May 2016
Personal details
Born (1959-04-12) 12 April 1959 (age 59)
Newton Mearns, Scotland
Political party Scottish Conservative Party
Website Jackson Carlaw

David Jackson Carlaw (born 12 April 1959) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician who is the Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Eastwood. He is Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives and shadow cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs.

Early life and education[edit]

Carlaw was brought up in Newton Mearns and lived in Crookfur and Giffnock. He was educated at Glasgow Academy. He is married and has two sons.

Carlaw worked for 25 years as a car salesman. He was joint head of FirstFord car dealership in the west of Scotland until it was placed into receivership in November 2002.[1] He was also a director of Wylies (Automotive Services) until it went into administration in February 2003.[2]

Political career[edit]

Carlaw joined the East Renfrewshire Conservatives in 1978. He was the Conservative candidate in the 1982 Queen's Park by-election, and in the 1983 general election in Pollok. He was Chairman of the Scottish Young Conservatives from 1984 to 1986, Chairman of Eastwood Conservatives from 1988 to 1992, and was Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives from 1992 to 1998. He was reappointed Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives in 2005.[3]

He was unsuccessful as a candidate for Eastwood in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 Scottish Parliament elections. He was however elected on the party list under Scotland's additional member system in 2007 and 2011 representing the West of Scotland region. In 2016 he became the MSP for Eastwood after defeating the incumbent Ken Macintosh. He sits on the European and External Relations Committee of the Scottish Parliament.[4]

In 2011, Carlaw stood as a candidate in the leadership election brought on by Annabel Goldie's resignation. During the campaign, he was hospitalised with appendicitis.[5] Carlaw finished third behind Ruth Davidson and Murdo Fraser.[6] Following the election, Carlaw was appointed to the post of deputy leader.[7]

On 28 January 2014, in response to a proposal submitted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds to make the Golden Eagle a symbol of Scotland,[8] Carlaw objected, likening the bird to a symbol of Nazi Germany and Roman imperialism.[9]

Armed Forces Legal Action[edit]

Carlaw was appointed as an honorary patron of Armed Forces Legal Action (AFLA) in April 2014. AFLA is a network of British law firms committed to offering discounted legal services to members of the British Armed Forces community. AFLA was founded by Scottish solicitor, Allan Steele, WS, who stood against Carlaw as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate in the Holyrood Parliamentary election of 2003.[10]


  1. ^ Kristy Dorsey (2 November 2002). "Receivers at Firstford as takeover talks fail". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mystery of lost paintings at collapsed firm Carlaw was director of car hire company". Herald Scotland. 10 October 2003. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Tory who told racist jokes appointed deputy chairman of Scottish Tories, Paul Hutcheon, The Sunday Herald. 12 June 2005
  4. ^ "Membership - European and External Relations Committee". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "BBC News - Tory leadership contender Jackson Carlaw is taken ill". Bbc.co.uk. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Andrew Black (4 November 2011). "BBC News - Ruth Davidson elected new Scottish Conservative leader". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "BBC News - New leader Ruth Davidson announces front bench team". Bbc.co.uk. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "News: Petition calls for golden eagle to be named Scotland's national bird". The Rspb. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "BBC News - MSP Jackson Carlaw likens proposed eagle symbol to Nazi emblem". Bbc.co.uk. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "AFLA". AFLA. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Ken Macintosh
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Eastwood
Party political offices
Preceded by
Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party
Succeeded by
Annabel Goldie
Preceded by
Murdo Fraser
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party