Richard Baker (Scottish politician)

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Richard Baker
MSP
Richard Baker MSP.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 2003
Personal details
Born (1974-05-29) 29 May 1974 (age 41)
Edinburgh
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Spouse(s) Claire Brennan
Alma mater University of Aberdeen
Religion Episcopalian

Richard Baker (born 29 May 1974) is a Scottish Labour politician, and member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the North East Scotland region. He was first elected in the 2003 general election, when he was the youngest sitting MSP. He is a former member of Labour's Shadow Cabinet in the Scottish Parliament having served as the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance. In the early part of 2014, he was selected to fight Aberdeen North in 2015, after current MP Frank Doran announced his retirement. However, he lost in the election to Scottish National Party candidate Kirsty Blackman.[1]

Baker was born in Edinburgh to an Episcopalian priest father and English teacher mother, and is godson to the then Episcopalian Bishop of Aberdeen. He was educated at the independent St. Bees School in Cumbria and at Aberdeen University.[2]

He was the elected President of the National Union of Students Scotland from 1998 till 2000 and before that the Senior Vice-President (an elected, full-time sabbatical officer post) at the University of Aberdeen Students' Representative Council (now Aberdeen University Students' Association) in the academic year 1995/96. He is a former Scottish Press Officer of Help the Aged.

Baker is a member of Unite the Union and the Co-operative Party.

In June 2015, Richard Baker announced he would stand in the 2015 Scottish Labour Party deputy leadership election.[3]

His wife, Claire Brennan-Baker became an MSP after the 2007 election, but for the Mid Scotland and Fife region.

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