Jamie Stone (politician)

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Jamie Stone

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Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Armed Forces
Assumed office
12 October 2017
LeaderVince Cable
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Scotland
In office
16 June 2017 – 12 October 2017
LeaderTim Farron
Vince Cable
Preceded byWillie Rennie
Succeeded byChristine Jardine
Member of Parliament
for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byPaul Monaghan
Majority2,044 (6.6%)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
In office
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
Preceded bynew constituency
Succeeded byRob Gibson
Personal details
Born (1954-06-16) 16 June 1954 (age 64)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews
Websitewww.jamiestone.org.uk

James Hume Walter Miéville Stone (born 16 June 1954) is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2017 snap general election to represent the national constituency of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.[1][2]

He was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the constituency of Caithness, Sutherland, and Easter Ross, which is the northernmost mainland British constituency and one of the largest by area. He held the seat from the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, until he stood down in 2011.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Stone went to school at Tain and Gordonstoun.[4] He studied History and Geology at the University of St Andrews and graduated in 1977. Upon graduation, he worked in a variety of fields including fish gutting and the oil industry.[5][6]

Councillor[edit]

Stone was first elected to Ross and Cromarty District Council in 1986, serving until its abolition in 1996. He served as a member of the Highland Council from its creation in 1995 until his election as MSP in 1999.[7]

At the 2012 Local Government Elections, he returned to the Highland Council as councillor for the Tain and Easter Ross Ward.[8]

Scottish Parliament[edit]

As an MSP, Stone was the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party spokesperson on Housing and the Deputy Party spokesman on Health.[9] He participated in the UK television programme, University Challenge, as part of the Scottish Parliament's team.[10] He stood down from the Scottish Parliament at the 2011 election.[3]

In 2016, he stood for election at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross which was largely his former seat after boundary changes were made in 2011. He finished in second place, and was not elected.[11]

House of Commons[edit]

Stone was elected as the Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross at the 2017 general election, defeating the incumbent SNP MP Paul Monaghan by 2,044 votes.[2] On 16 June 2017, he was announced as the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Scotland.[12] On 12 October 2017 he was transferred to the role of Armed Forces spokesman in a reshuffle.[13]

Stone had been re-elected for the Tain and Easter Ross Ward at the 2017 Local Government elections a month earlier. He resigned his seat on Highland Council after he was elected as an MP.[14]

Since his election, Stone has raised various local issues in the House of Commons such as the provision of healthcare facilities in the Scottish Highlands.[15] Stone has also sponsored early day motions to investigate allegations of abuse by G4S on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration and has supported the rollout of free, early years childcare.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Stone is married with three children, one son and two daughters, both of whom also attended the University of St Andrews. He is also a keen gardener and an expert on edible fungi.[6][citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jamie Stone MP". UK Parliament.
  2. ^ a b "Jamie Stone wins Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross". John O'Groat Journal. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Lib Dem MSP Jamie Stone to quit Holyrood at election". BBC News. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ Stone, James Hume Walter Miéville. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. closed access publication – behind paywall
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Mr Jamie Stone MSP". Caithness.org. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Jamie Stone". Liberal Democrats.
  8. ^ Ford, Laurence. "Ross shocks in Highland Council results". North Star. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Scottish Lib Dem front bench". BBC News. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  10. ^ "The question is, could we get a team on University Challenge?". Northern Times. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Results Sheet Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Constituency". The Highland Council. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Liberal Democrats announce Shadow Cabinet". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  13. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/ (2017-10-12). "New Liberal Democrat spokespeople". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  14. ^ "Tain by-election dates announced". www.north-star-news.co.uk.
  15. ^ "Pregnant Women In The Highlands Are Being Forced To Travel Hundreds Of Miles For Medical Care". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  16. ^ "Early day motions by Member for 2017-19 - Stone, Jamie". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2017-12-19.

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

19992011
constituency abolished
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Monaghan
Member of the Parliament
for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

2017–present
Incumbent