John Scott MSP

John Scott MSP is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ayr. He won the first ever Scottish Parliament by-election in March 2000 and has held the seat since.

He is the Deputy Presiding Officer of The Scottish Parliament, was the Rural Affairs spokesman for The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party from 2007 – 2011, served on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body from 2003 to 2007 and has also served on the Petitions Committee. He was the Scottish Conservative spokesman on the Environment between 2001-03.

In addition, John Scott farms at Balkissock near Ballantrae. He established the Ayrshire Farmers Market in 1999, founded the Scottish Association of Farmers  in 2001 and chaired the Ayrshire and Arran Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) from 1993-99. He is also a past chairman of the National Farmer’s Union of Scotland Hill Farming Committee.

Ayrshire-born John was educated at Barrhill Primary, George Watson’s College and has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Edinburgh University.

His interests include curling, geology and rugby – John played for Wigtownshire RFC from 1969-73.

John was recently re-elected at the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary Elections with 16,183 votes. He was appointed as the spokesperson for sustainable development under party leader Ruth Davidson's Shadow Cabinet team.

See Also

Brian Whittle MSP

Brian Whittle was born and raised i Troon, where he attended Marr College. He then studied at Kilmarnock College and Glasgow University, then progressing onto a career as an industrial chemist.