Liam McArthur

Liam Scott McArthur (born 8 August 1967) is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician and Member of the Scottish Parliament for Orkney since 2007.

Liam McArthur

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Orkney
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Preceded byJim Wallace
Majority4,534 (43.1%)
Personal details
Liam Scott McArthur

(1967-08-08) 8 August 1967 (age 52)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyScottish Liberal Democrats
Spouse(s)Tamsin McArthur
ChildrenTwo sons
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh


He was brought up on the Orkney Island of Sanday. He is married to Tamsin and they have two sons, Calum and Tom. He is also the goalkeeper for Burray football team.

Political career

McArthur had previously worked as an aide to Jim Wallace in the House of Commons and as Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister in 2002. He was elected in the 2007 Parliament election to replace the retiring Jim Wallace, also a Liberal Democrat.[1] McArthur was subsequently re-elected in the 2011 Parliament election and again in the 2016 Parliament election with a substantially increased majority.[2]

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