Peter Chapman (politician)

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Peter Chapman
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Personal details
Born 13 May 1950
Political party Scottish Conservative Party

Peter John Chapman MSP (born 13 May 1950) is a Scottish politician who is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Scottish Parliament for the North East Scotland region, elected in the Scottish Parliament election, 2016. In the Scottish Parliament, he was the Conservative spokesperson for rural economy and connectivity, until May 2018 when he resigned over a lobbying row.

Political career[edit]

Chapman served as an Aberdeenshire councillor from 2007 until 2012, and also served for six years as a local Director of the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society. He served as a Director of Aberdeen and Northern Marts from 09 September 2014 until 09 August 2016. He was an ANM director when ANM submitted their planning development for the extension of their Thainstone Business Park on Thainstone Hill. He played an active role during the independence referendum as part of the Better Together campaign.[1]

Chapman stood as the Conservative candidate in Banffshire and Buchan Coast in the Scottish Parliament elections on 05 May 2016, coming second to the SNP’s Stewart Stevenson and was then elected to the Scottish Parliament by the North East Scotland regional list.[2] The Conservatives appointed him as their spokesperson for rural economy and connectivity. He resigned that role on 16 May 2018 after a newspaper became aware of him lobbying local councillors to support ANM's industrial development proposals, without declaring his financial interest, owning £50,000 worth of ANM shares (the maximum allowed).[3] He sits on the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee of the Scottish Parliament.[4]


  1. ^ "Peter Chapman selected as Banffshire & Buchan Coast candidate". Banff and Buchan Conservatives. 4 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Election 2016: North East Scotland. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ Gordon, Tom (16 May 2018). "Tory MSP Peter Chapman quits front bench after "foolish" lobbying error". The Herald. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Peter Chapman MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 June 2016.