Roger Mullin

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Roger Mullin
Member of Parliament
for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
In office
7 May 2015 – 8 June 2017
Preceded by Gordon Brown
Succeeded by Lesley Laird
Personal details
Born (1948-03-12) 12 March 1948 (age 70)
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Barbara Mullin
Alma mater University of Edinburgh

William Arthur Roger Mullin (born 12 March 1948) was a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath from May 2015, until being defeated at the 2017 snap general election.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Roger Mullin graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a M.A. Honours degree in Sociology in 1977. He was a Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and also holds a Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.[3]

He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling,[4] and lectured postgraduates on Applied Decision Theory, The Political Environment, and Organisation Change. He wrote a monthly column in The Times Educational Supplement Scotland. He is now a Founding Director of Momentous Change Ltd.[5]

Political career[edit]

Mullin joined the SNP in 1966.[6] He is a former Vice-convener of the Scottish National Party.

He was the SNP candidate at the Paisley North by-election in 1990, where he finished in second place behind Irene Adams of the Labour Party, with 29.4% of the vote.[7] He also finished in second place at the 1992 general election in the same seat, with a reduced share of 23.3% of the vote.[8] He unsuccessfully fought three earlier Westminster campaigns at the February 1974 general election [9] in South Ayrshire, again in South Ayrshire at the October 1974 general election[10] and at Kirkcaldy in 1987.[11] His wife, Barbara Mullin, was also a candidate for the SNP at the 1992 general election in the Ayr constituency. However, neither him or his wife were elected.[12]

In January 2015, Mullin was selected as the official SNP candidate for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency and subsequently was elected on 7 May 2015 with 27,628 votes and a 52.2% of the vote. Mullin had a majority of 9,974 votes over Kenny Selbie, the Labour Party candidate who was hoping to succeed Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister who retired in what had once been Labour's safest seat in Scotland. Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath saw a turnout of 69.73%; the highest recorded for this constituency.[13]

As a Member of Parliament, Mullin was a Treasury Spokesperson for the SNP, and a member of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee [14] He led a campaign in Westminster to reform Scottish Limited Partnerships which had been exposed by the Herald newspaper in Scotland [15] as being vehicles for tax evasion and laundering of criminal assets. Since leaving parliament he has continued to comment [16] and campaign on Scottish Limited Partnerships, including being critical of the Law Society of Scotland’s lack of effective action [17]. Mullin presented a ten minute rule bill to parliament on 20 April 2016 entitled Forensic Linguistic (standards) Bill [18] . He also presented a Private Members Bill on Double Taxation Treaties for developing countries) [19] on 13 October 2015. Mullin led a Westminster Hall debate on the subject of The Use of Children as Suicide Bombers spelling out the significant rise on the use of children and young girls as human guided weapons. [20]

Mullin was Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Explosive Weapons, in which capacity he addressed the 19th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisers at the United Nations in Geneva 2016.[21] He led a Westminster Foundation for Democracy project in Iraqi Kurdistan, and while in Kurdistan, became the first British MP to enter the City of Mosul during hostilities [22] to see at first hand work being undertaken to begin to clear the city of improvised explosive devices.

In 2016, he was appointed by the SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the party’s Scottish Growth Commission.[23]

After leaving Parliament, Mullin was appointed Special Envoy for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Threats in July 2017.[24] He has also undertaken research into Brexit and Scottish Business [25] along with former MP colleague Michelle Thomson.

In May 2018, Mullin became part of the Advisory Team of the African Entrepreneurial Network [26]


  • Facing the Brexit Challenge. iScot Magazine, May 2018.
  • The Changing Face of Suicide Bombing. Cable, Issue 2, August 2017
  • Public and Third Sector Leadership (Emerald Publishing), London, 2014 (contributing author)
  • Mhairi’s Dilemma: A study of decision analysis at work. Judgment and Decision Making, Vol. 3, No. 8, December 2008, pp. 679–689
  • Career Goals and Educational Attainment: What is the Link?. Careers Scotland, 2004
  • An Evaluation of the Higher Still Reforms. Insight, No. 11, The Scottish Executive, 2003
  • Lifelong Learning: A Radical First Step. Holyrood, Issue 68, April 2002
  • The Role of FE in Economic Development, Broadcast no.42, SFEU, 1998
  • Good Judgment. Policing, vol ii, no. 4, Winter 1995, pp. 272-281
  • The Competence Debate. Training and Development. London, 1993.
  • Decisions and Judgments in NVQ based assessment (NCVQ, London, 1992)
  • A Programme for Opportunity. London: Manpower Services Commission, 1983
  • The Unemployment State. In The Bulletin of Scottish Politics. Edinburgh, 1981
  • Edinburgh’s Silence. In J. Bochel, D.Denver, A. Macartney (Eds), The Referendum Experience, Scotland 1979. Aberdeen University Press, 1981.
  • The Sound of Devolution. In J. Bochel, D.Denver, A. Macartney (Eds), The Referendum Experience, Scotland 1979. Aberdeen University Press, 1981.
  • The Scottish National Party. In H. Drucker (ed), Multi-Party Britain. London and New York: Macmillan, 1979.


  1. ^ "Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath parliamentary constituency – Election 2015 – BBC News". Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ "List of Members returned to Parliament at the General Election 2015 Scotland". The Edinburgh Gazette. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  3. ^ "LinkedIn". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ "SNP name candidate to contest Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat". Central Fife Times. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Roger Mullin MP | Scottish National Party". Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  6. ^ Silvera, Ian (17 July 2015). "Meet Roger Mullin: The SNP 'giant killer' who took Gordon Brown's seat". International Business Times. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  7. ^ "UK General Election House of Commons Information Office" (PDF). November 2003. p. 14. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  8. ^ "UK General Election House of Commons Information Office". Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  9. ^ "UK General Election results February 1974". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  10. ^ "UK General Election results October 1974". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Electoral Calculus Original Data". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  12. ^ "General Election, Alex Salmond, Mhairi Black | Holyrood Magazine". 6 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  13. ^ Alexander, Michael (8 May 2015). "General Election 2015: Praise for 'giant' Gordon Brown as SNP claim Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath". The Courier. D. C. Thomson & Co. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  14. ^ "They Work for You". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Why I fear Westminster will not close Scotland's tax loophole". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Why it will take a change in ethics not just rules to end abuse of secret shell firms". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Scots lawyers should face ethics action over shell firms abuse". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  18. ^ "Hansard". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Hansard". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Hansard". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  21. ^ "LinkedIn". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Scot braves bombs as he becomes first MP to visit war torn Mosul". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  23. ^ "Growth Commission Panel named to inform SNP thinking". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  24. ^ Stark, Jim (15 July 2017). "Special envoy role on explosive devices for Mullin". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Momentous Change Ltd". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  26. ^ "African Entrepreneurial Network". Retrieved 20 May 2018.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Gordon Brown
Member of Parliament
for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

Succeeded by
Lesley Laird