Richard Baker (Scottish politician)
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
1 May 2003
29 May 1974 |
|Political party||Scottish Labour Party|
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
|Cabinet||Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment|
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, and is Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment in the Scottish Parliament. He was previously their Finance spokesperson.
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.
He was the elected President of the National Union of Students Scotland from 1998 till 2000, having previously been the North of Scotland Area Convener for that union, 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.
In 2004 he was a member of the Scottish Parliament team in the TV general knowledge program, University Challenge — The Professionals. He and fellow team members Robin Harper (Green), Jamie Stone (Lib Dem) who was captain, and Stewart Stevenson (SNP) beat a Welsh Assembly team by 110 points to 75. Both teams comfortably surpassed the record low score of 25 achieved by the House of Commons team in 2003.
- Times Higher article 24 December 1999 http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=149450§ioncode=26
- 2004 Series University Challenge — The Professionals
- Scots win in 'Paxo' challenge (BBC), BBC News, 28 June 2004
- 2003 Series University Challenge — The Professionals
- Richard Baker MSP - Scottish Parliament Official Biography
- Richard Baker MSP - Personal website
- Scottish Labour Party - Crime & Justice