James Kelly (Scottish politician)

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James Kelly
Scottish Labour Business Manager
Assumed office
17 December 2014
Preceded by Paul Martin
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities Strategy
In office
29 June 2013 – 16 December 2014
Preceded by Richard Baker
Succeeded by Mary Fee
Labour Chief Whip
In office
10 January 2012 – 28 June 2013
Preceded by John Park
Succeeded by Lewis Macdonald
Deputy Convener of the
Scottish Parliament
Scotland Bill Committee
Assumed office
21 June 2011
Preceded by Brian Adam
Deputy Convener of the
Scottish Parliament
Justice Committee
In office
14 June 2011 – 10 January 2012
Preceded by Bill Butler
Succeeded by Jenny Marra
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Rutherglen
Glasgow Rutherglen (2007-2011)
In office
3 May 2007 – 24 March 2016
Preceded by Janis Hughes
Succeeded by Clare Haughey
Personal details
Born James Anthony Kelly
(1963-10-23) 23 October 1963 (age 53)
Nationality British
Political party Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s) Alexa Kelly
Children 2 children
Occupation Computer programmer/analyst
Committees Justice, Scotland Bill

James Anthony Kelly (born 23 October 1963) is a Labour Co-operative politician in the Scottish Parliament representing Glasgow. He previously served as MSP for Rutherglen (2007-16). He has been Scottish Labour's Business Manager in Holyrood since December 2014.


Kelly grew up in the Rutherglen constituency and resides in Cambuslang with his wife Alexa and their two daughters. He served as the election agent for the former Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Tommy McAvoy at the 1997, 2001, and 2005 general elections. He was also Chair of the Rutherglen and Hamilton West Constituency Labour Party. He has a background in computing and finance, is a chartered accountant, and worked as a business analyst in East Kilbride prior to his election in 2007.

Kelly served on the Finance Committee and as a Labour Whip upon entering Parliament. In addition, he served as the Co-Convener of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Co-operatives and the deputy Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Sport. From 2008-11, he was a member of the Justice Committee and Shadow Minister for Community Safety.

Kelly is the current Scottish Labour Party Parliamentary Business Manager in the Scottish Parliament and was the party's election co-ordinator for 2016 Scottish Parliament Election.[1]


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