Robert Brown (Scottish politician)

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Cllr Robert Brown
Robert Brown (Scottish Government).jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1947-12-25) 25 December 1947 (age 67)
Political party Scottish Liberal Democrats
Alma mater University of Aberdeen

Robert Edward Brown CBE (born 25 December 1947) is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician and former MSP for Glasgow Region.


A graduate of University of Aberdeen, he was Depute Procurator Fiscal of Dumbarton 1972-1974 and has since been a partner & consultant with a Glasgow firm of solicitors. He was a Glasgow City Councillor (Liberal) for a few years in the 1970s and 1980s, and was Convener of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Policy Committee for much of the 1990s and 2000s. He was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Following Nicol Stephen's election as party leader and succession as Deputy First Minister of Scotland in 2005, Brown was appointed Deputy Minister for Education and Young People in the Scottish Executive.

He was second on the Liberal Democrat list of candidates for Glasgow region in the Scottish Parliament general election, 2011 but was unsuccessful when the party failed to gain any list seats.

He currently resides in Burnside, Rutherglen, in the South Side of Glasgow. From May 2012 he was elected as a councillor for the Rutherglen South ward on South Lanarkshire Council.

Brown was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for political service.[1]


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