Willie Bain

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William Bain
Shadow Minister for Scotland
In office
8 October 2011 – 8 October 2013
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Tom Greatrex
Succeeded by Gordon Banks
Shadow Minister for Food
In office
27 May 2010 – 8 October 2011
Leader Harriet Harman
Ed Miliband
Preceded by Richard Benyon
Succeeded by Fiona O'Donnell
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North East
In office
12 November 2009 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Michael Martin
Succeeded by Anne McLaughlin
Majority 15,942 (54.2%)
Personal details
Born (1972-11-29) 29 November 1972 (age 44)[1]
Springburn, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Political party Labour
Alma mater Strathclyde University
Profession Lecturer
Website www.williebain.com

William Thomas "Willie" Bain (born 29 November 1972) is a Scottish Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Glasgow North East from 2009 to 2015.

Under the leadership of Ed Miliband, Bain served as Shadow Minister for Food and was later Shadow Scotland Office Minister, supporting the Shadow Scottish Secretary Margaret Curran.[2]

Since leaving parliament in 2015, he is now a Head of Fintech & Financial Services at Inline Policy, a political consultancy for innovative businesses.

Early life[edit]

Born at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow, son of William, a lift engineer, and Catherine, a payroll clerk, Willie Bain grew up in the Carron area of Springburn, where his father still resides.[3]

Early career[edit]

Raised in the Roman Catholic faith, Bain attended St. Roch's Secondary School and Strathclyde University, graduating with a LLB in 1995. Thereafter, he completed a Diploma in Legal Practice in 1996, and moved into part-time lecturing and research at the University of Strathclyde Law School, working with the Law School's Centre for Parliamentary and Legislative Studies on research projects on devolution.

He completed a LLM by Research in Constitutional Law in 2004 and subsequently became a senior lecturer in Public and European law at London South Bank University between 2004 and 2009.[4] He was secretary of the Glasgow North East Constituency Labour Party and its predecessor constituency, Glasgow Springburn, from 1999 to 2009. Bain is a member of Unite, Progress, the Fabian Society, and Amnesty International.[5]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Following the resignation of local MP and Speaker of the House of Commons Michael Martin, William Bain was selected by the local CLP as the Labour candidate in the Glasgow North East by-election, 2009, subsequently winning the seat.[6] Bain, like most Labour MPs in Scotland, lost his seat in 2015 to the SNP candidate, in this case, Anne McLaughlin.


  1. ^ "William Bain MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Cabinet reshuffle: Miliband promotes Curran to Scotland job, scotsman.com; accessed 24 September 2015.
  3. ^ "PPC Profile: Willie Bain | LabourList". LabourList | Labour's biggest independent grassroots e-network. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Mr William BAIN, London South Bank University
  5. ^ "Glasgow by-election: Candidates", bbc.co.uk, 4 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Labour wins in Glasgow North East", BBC News, 13 November 2009.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Martin
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North East

Succeeded by
Anne McLaughlin