Gordon Lindhurst

Gordon John Lindhurst MSP is a Scottish Conservative Party politician. He is a Member of Scottish Parliament for the Lothian region. He was first elected at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Gordon Lindhurst

Convener of the Scottish Parliament Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee
Assumed office
14 June 2016
Preceded byMurdo Fraser
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Lothian
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Personal details
Political partyScottish Conservative Party
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Heidelberg University


Lindhurst is an advocate from Edinburgh. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and completed his legal training with an Edinburgh law firm. He has also completed a master's degree in European law at Heidelberg University in Germany. Lindhurst supports a number of local Edinburgh charities and has also worked in central Romania with a locally based charity there which provides education and support for disadvantaged children.[1]

Political career

Lindhurst was the Conservative candidate for Linlithgow in the 1999 and 2003 Scottish Parliament elections, where he was not elected having finished third both times. He also stood in the 2001 general election in Linlithgow finishing third. Lindhurst contested the 2005 Livingston by-election, where he came fourth. In the 2015 United Kingdom general election he stood as a candidate in Edinburgh South West where he finished third, failing to be elected.[2]

In 2016 Scottish Parliament election he stood for the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency, finishing in second place.[3] Having missed out in the constituency section, he was instead elected for the Lothian regional list.[4]

Lindhurst is the Scottish Conservative spokesperson for legal affairs.[5] He is also the convenor of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee and a member of the Social Security Committee in the Scottish Parliament.[6][7]

Electoral history

ElectionConstituencyVote No.Vote %Elected CandidatePosition
1999 Scottish ElectionLinlithgow3,1589.35Mary Mulligan (LAB)3rd
2001 General ElectionLinlithgow2,8369.0Tam Dalyell (LAB)3rd
2003 Scottish ElectionLinlithgow3,05911.07Mary Mulligan (LAB)3rd
2005 Livingston by-electionLivingston1,9936.8Jim Devine (LAB)4th
2007 Scottish ElectionEdinburgh West7,36121.2Margaret Smith (LIB DEM)3rd
2011 Scottish ElectionEdinburgh Western5,04715.1Colin Keir (SNP)4th
2015 General ElectionEdinburgh South West10,44420.2Joanna Cherry (SNP)3rd
2016 Scottish ElectionEdinburgh Pentlands10,72532.2Gordon MacDonald (SNP)2nd


  1. "Gordon Lindhurst selected for Edinburgh South West". Edinburgh Conservatives. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. "Election 2015: Edinburgh South West. Parliamentary constituency". 8 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. "Edinburgh Pentlands". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. "Election 2016: Lothian. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. BBC. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. "Scottish Conservative appointments for new parliamentary term". Scottish Conservative Party. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  6. "Membership". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  7. "Gordon Lindhurst MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 June 2016.