Mark Griffin (politician)

Mark Griffin (born 19 October 1985) is a Scottish Labour Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, representing the Central Scotland region.[1]

Mark Griffin

Griffin in 2011
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded byHugh O'Donnell
Personal details
Born (1985-10-19) 19 October 1985 (age 34)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Political partyScottish Labour Party
Spouse(s)Stephanie Griffin
ResidenceKilsyth, North Lanarkshire
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde (2003–07)

Early life and career

Raised in Kilsyth, he attended St Patrick's Primary School and then St Maurice's High School in Cumbernauld, before studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, where he graduated with a BEng (Hons) degree, in 2007. Griffin is a trained Mechanical Engineer and prior to his election to North Lanarkshire Council in 2008, he was a serving soldier in the British Territorial Army (TA).[2]

Political career

Having served as a North Lanarkshire Councillor from 2008 until 2012, Griffin was elected on the Central Scotland regional list at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.[3]

In May 2012, Griffin was appointed Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Sport. He held the role until July 2013, when he became Shadow Minister for Transport and Veterans.[citation needed] When Jim Murphy was elected Scottish Labour Party leader in December 2014, Griffin was appointed as Shadow Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, covering school education, qualifications, science, HM Inspectorate of Education, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and languages.[citation needed]

Upon his election at the age of 25, Griffin became the youngest Member of the Scottish Parliament since its establishment in 1999.[4] Following the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, this record was taken by 21-year-old Ross Greer, who was elected for the Scottish Green Party.[5]

Griffin became one of the first MSPs elected in 2011 to put forward plans for a Members Bill. Through his work with the Cross Party Group on Deafness, he put the British Sign Language (BSL) (Scotland) Bill through Parliament. The Bill was supported in principle by the Scottish Government in late 2014 and passed into law in September 2015.[6][7]

In January 2014, Griffin was chosen as the Scottish Labour Party candidate for the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency seat at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. However, the seat was held by the Scottish National Party's Jamie Hepburn and Griffin was returned again on the Central Scotland regional list.[8]


  1. The Scottish Parliament - Current Members,; accessed 15 May 2016.
  2. Profile Archived 5 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 15 May 2016.
  3. Scottish Election 2011: Seven MSPs on Central Scotland list,; accessed 15 May 2016.
  4. Local Headlines,; accessed 15 May 2016.
  5. Ross Greer profile,; accessed 15 May 2016.
  6. The Scottish Parliament - Current Members - Mark Griffin,; accessed 15 May 2016.
  7. Office, Committee (7 December 2017). "British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  8. "Cumbernauld and Kilsyth - Scottish Parliament constituency - Election 2016". Retrieved 15 November 2019.