James Dornan

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James Dornan

Deputy Convener of the
Scottish Parliament
Subordinate Legislation Committee
Assumed office
14 June 2011
Preceded byBob Doris
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Cathcart
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded byCharlie Gordon
Majority9,390 (30.7%)
Personal details
Born (1953-03-17) 17 March 1953 (age 66)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
WebsiteOfficial biography at The Scottish Parliament's website

James Dornan (born 17 March 1953) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who is Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow Cathcart.

Raised in the Oatlands neighbourhood of southern Glasgow,[1] Dornan joined the Scottish National Party in 1996[2] and previously worked for Stewart Maxwell (MSP).[3]

He was elected in the 2011 Parliamentary elections,[4] having previously contested the Ayr Constituency in the 2003 Scottish Parliament elections and the Glasgow South-West Constituency in the 2005 UK general election before his election in 2011.[3] He was also selected to be the SNP candidate in the 2009 Glasgow North East by-election, but decided to step aside following newspaper reports over his finances.[5]

He represented the Langside ward on Glasgow City Council from 3 May 2007[6] until 3 May 2012[7] and was the SNP group leader on the council until June 2011, when he was succeeded by Councillor Allison Hunter.[8]

In 2012, Dornan was appointed as a SNP Deputy Whip.[9]


  1. ^ "Oatlands £1 property deal has turned into 'nightmare'". Evening Times. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ Dornan joined SNP in 1996, bbc.co.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b James Dornan official website, jamesdornanmsp.org; accessed 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ BBC News - Election 2011 - Scotland - Glasgow Cathcart, bbc.co.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.
  5. ^ SNP candidate quits after financial allegations, STV 12 July 2009 17:05 BST accessed 21 January 2016.
  6. ^ Profile, andrewteale.me.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ Langside Ward in Glasgow City Council, bbc.co.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.
  8. ^ New city SNP leader to head battle for Glasgow, eveningtimes.co.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.
  9. ^ Dornan named SNP Deputy Whip, bbc.co.uk; accessed 8 May 2015.