Jamie Halcro Johnston

Jamie Halcro Johnston is a British politician who is a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Highlands and Islands region.

Jamie Halcro Johnston

Halcro Johnston in 2017
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
20 June 2017
Preceded byDouglas Ross
Personal details
Jamie Halcro Johnston

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Exeter

Halcro Johnston became a Member of the Scottish Parliament in 2017 and was appointed as Scottish Conservative and Unionist Shadow Minister for Jobs, Employability and Training.


Halcro Johnston was brought up at his family home in Orphir in Orkney. His father, Hugh Halcro Johnston, previously served as Convener of Orkney Islands Council. His great-great uncle is Henry Halcro Johnston, a botanist, British Army Officer and Scotland rugby union international.[1]

He was educated at Radley College, Coventry University and the University of Exeter, receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History. Halcro Johnston was previously employed by the Financial Times in London. Between 2003-07 he worked as an adviser to a number of Scottish Conservative MSPs, before moving to a position at Holyrood magazine.[2][3][4]

He previously stood for election to the Scottish Parliament in Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber in 2007 and then the Orkney constituency in 2011 and 2016. He also stood for UK Parliament in the Moray constituency in 2005 and the Orkney and Shetland seat in 2017.

Political career

Halcro Johnston became a Member of the Scottish Parliament on the Highlands and Islands regional list on 20 June 2017, following the resignation of Douglas Ross to take up a position as a Member of the UK Parliament after his election in the 2017 general election.[5]

After entering the Scottish Parliament, he was appointed by party leader Ruth Davidson as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Shadow Minister for Jobs, Employability and Training.[6]

Halcro Johnston is member of the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. He is also a substitute member of the Finance and Constitution Committee.[7]


  1. "Local MSP helps rekindle the 'Auld Alliance' against French Parliament". Inside Moray. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. "Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP". Highlands and Islands Conservatives. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. "Jamie Halcro Johnston - Careers and Employability". University of Exeter. Retrieved 11 September 2018.|
  4. "About". Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP website. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  5. Gordon, Tom (13 June 2017). "Tory struggle to fill MSP vacancy after general election success". the Herald. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  6. Kirkaldy, Liam (28 June 2017). "Ruth Davidson unveils reshuffled Scottish Tory shadow cabinet". Holyrood Magazine. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  7. "Jamie Halcro Johnston MSP". www.parliament.scot. 19 June 2017.