Kevin Stewart (Scottish politician)

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Kevin Stewart

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning
Assumed office
18 May 2016
First MinisterNicola Sturgeon
Preceded byMarco Biagi &
Margaret Burgess
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Aberdeen Central
Assumed office
6 May 2011
Preceded byLewis Macdonald
Majority4,349 (16.3%)
Personal details
Born3 June 1968 (aged 49)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen

Kevin Morrice Stewart is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician serving as Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning since 18 May 2016 and Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Aberdeen Central since 2011.

Political career[edit]

Stewart served as a local councillor for thirteen years and served as Depute Leader of Aberdeen City Council. As a councillor, he chaired the Finance and Resources Committee and the North East of Scotland's Regional Transport Partnership, NESTRANS. He also served as the chair of the 3Rs Board.[1]

In the 2011 election he was elected to represent Aberdeen Central.

Stewart was the convener of the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Regeneration Committee,[2] where he oversaw scrutiny of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Stewart was also a member of the Welfare Reform Committee and also sat on the Justice Sub-committee on Policing. He was also involved in the Cross-Party Groups on Oil & Gas, Scots language, Nuclear Disarmament, Malawi and Tibet. He also acted as Parliamentary Liaison Officer to Nicola Sturgeon from November 2014 until the dissolution of parliament in March 2016.

Stewart has lodged a number of motions in parliament in support of Votes at 16.

Stewart made a speech in favour of same sex marriage on 20 November 2013 at the Scottish Parliament Stage 1 Debate on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill,[3] in which he spoke about his experience of coming out as gay.[4][5]

He stood again in 2016 and was re-elected with an increased majority.[6] He was appointed as Minister for Local Government and Housing on 18 May 2016 when Nicola Sturgeon announced her government.[7]


  1. ^ "New city primary welcomes pupils". BBC News. 20 August 2009.
  2. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 4 (5 May 2011 - 23 March 2016): Stewart, Kevin". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill". Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  4. ^ Report, Official. "Official Report". Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  5. ^ "Scottish parliament welcomes LGBTI marriage date". KaleidoScot. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  6. ^ "Scotland Election 2016: Aberdeen Central. Scottish Parliament Constituency". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Who is in the 2016 Scottish cabinet?". BBC News. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2017.

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Lewis Macdonald
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeen Central