Colin Clark (politician)


Colin James Clark (born 20 May 1969) is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Gordon[3] from 8 June 2017 until 6 November 2019 [4] He was unseated by the SNP candidate Richard Thomson at the 2019 general election by a narrow majority of 819 votes.[5]

Colin Clark
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
27 July 2019  16 December 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byIan Duncan
Succeeded byDouglas Ross
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
27 July 2019  16 December 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byGeorge Hollingbery
Succeeded byDouglas Ross
Member of Parliament
for Gordon
In office
9 June 2017  6 November 2019
Preceded byAlex Salmond
Succeeded byRichard Thomson
Personal details
Born
Colin James Clark[1]

(1969-05-20) 20 May 1969 (age 50)[2]
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Philippa Jones (m. 2005)
ChildrenTwo sons
Alma materHeriot-Watt University

He had previously contested the East Aberdeenshire constituency at the 2016 Holyrood elections and finished second to the SNP's Gillian Martin with a 29% share of the vote. He was elected to Aberdeenshire Council in the 2016 by-election and re-elected in May 2017, shortly before the 2017 snap general election where he was elected as the MP for Gordon with a majority of 2,607 votes over former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond of the Scottish National Party. He lost his seat to SNP candidate Richard Thomson at the 2019 general election.[6]

He worked in business and agriculture until his election to the House of Commons.[7]

He was educated at Turriff Academy, a comprehensive school and Heriot-Watt University.

In January 2019, was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). He also sat on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Backbench Committee.

On 27 July 2019, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland and a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in the First Johnson ministry.[8]

References

  1. "No. 27885". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 1076.
  2. "Clark, Colin James". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. "Colin Clark MP". UK Parliament.
  4. "'Gordon giant-slayer' Colin Clark says Salmond thought he was "too big to fall" - Press and Journal".
  5. "UK Parliamentary Election Results - Gordon" (PDF).
  6. Campsie, Alison (9 June 2017). "Alex Salmond loses his Gordon seat to Conservatives". www.scotsman.com. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  7. "About Colin Clark". Colin Clark MP.
  8. "Colin Clark MP - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 July 2019.