Richard Lyle

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Richard Lyle
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Uddingston and Bellshill
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded by Michael McMahon
Majority 4,809
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland region
In office
7 May 2011 – 23 March 2016
Personal details
Born (1950-06-12) 12 June 1950 (age 67)
Political party Scottish National Party

Richard Macdonald Lyle (born 12 June 1950) is a Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, representing the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency. Lyle had previously represented the Central Scotland region.[1]

Lyle, who was educated at Lawmuir School and Bellshill Academy, has served as a local councillor on Motherwell District Council and North Lanarkshire Council since 1976.[2] Lyle worked for RBS[3]

During the debate on same-sex marriage in Scotland, Lyle along with his SNP colleagues Dave Thompson, John Mason and Bill Walker was widely condemned for raising a motion stating that no person or organisation should be forced to be involved or to approve of same-sex marriage.[4]

In the lead up to the 2016 Holyrood election it was revealed that Lyle's Holyrood nickname is "Salty Dick"[5] after it became public knowledge that he had once claimed the cost of a £1.80 bag of chips on expenses.[6]

Lyle has been at the center of an ongoing internal party dispute within the SNP Uddingston and Bellshill branch which saw party members state that they would refuse to vote for him at the Holyrood election.[7]