Paul Wheelhouse

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Paul Wheelhouse
Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs
Assumed office
21 November 2014
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded by Roseanna Cunningham
Minister for Environment and Climate Change
In office
6 September 2012 – 21 November 2014
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Stewart Stevenson
Succeeded by Aileen McLeod
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South Scotland region
Assumed office
6 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1970-06-22) 22 June 1970 (age 45)
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater University of Aberdeen

Paul Wheelhouse (born 22 June 1970) is a Scottish politician and the Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs in the Scottish Government. He is the Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament representing the South Scotland region.[1]

Early life[edit]

Wheelhouse was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart's Melville College. He has an MA in Economic Science from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.[2] He is a former member of the Conservative Party [3] and was active in the University of Aberdeen Conservative and Unionist Association.

Wheelhouse was the SNP candidate for the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency in the 2010 UK general election.[4]

Scottish Parliament[edit]

Wheelhouse then stood for election to the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency in the 2011 Scottish Parliament general election. He was second to Conservative John Lamont in that contest, but was elected to the Scottish Parliament on the South of Scotland regional list.

In September 2012 he become Minister for Environment and Climate Change, replacing Stewart Stevenson. Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in November 2014 and he was appointed to the position of Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs.[5]


  1. ^ "The Scottish Parliament – Current Members – Paul Wheelhouse". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs: Paul Wheelhouse MSP". Scottish Government. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Official Report 26 April 2012". Scottish Parliament. 
  4. ^ Rinaldi, Giancarlo (4 May 2010). "Jobs key issue in Berwickshire tussle". BBC News. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nicola Sturgeon announces new Scottish cabinet". BBC News. 21 November 2014. 

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