Raymond Robertson (politician)

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Raymond Scott Robertson (born 11 December 1959 in Hamilton, Scotland) is a Scottish Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Glasgow University, graduating Master of Arts with Honours in Modern History and Politics. During the 1980s he taught Modern Studies at Dumbarton Academy and Smithycroft Secondary School in Glasgow's East End.

Parliamentary career[edit]

After unsuccessfully contesting Clydesdale in 1987, he was selected as Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for Aberdeen South. In a surprise result, at the United Kingdom general election, 1992, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeen South, defeating Labour's Frank Doran, who had held the seat since 1987. In 1995 he was appointed Minister for Education, Housing, Fisheries and Sport at the Scottish Office, a post he held until the United Kingdom general election, 1997.

Outside Parliament[edit]

After losing the Aberdeen South seat to Labour's Anne Begg at the 1997 general election, he became Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Chairman. In 2001, he resigned after unsuccessfully contesting the Eastwood constituency at the 2001 general election and the subsequent resignation of William Hague, the then Conservative Party leader.

After politics he became a founding director of Halogen Communications Ltd, a public affairs and public relations consultancy with offices in Edinburgh and Washington DC.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frank Doran
Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South
19921997
Succeeded by
Anne Begg
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Hirst
Chairman of Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
1997–2001
Succeeded by
David Mitchell