Murdo Fraser


Murdo MacKenzie Fraser (born 5 September 1965) is a Scottish politician who served as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party from October 2005 to November 2011, and has served as Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife since 2001. He is currently the Conservative Shadow Cabinet Spokesman for Finance.[1]

Murdo Fraser

Fraser in 2011
Deputy Convener of the
Public Audit Committee
In office
20 June 2007  6 May 2016
Preceded byAndrew Welsh
Succeeded byAlison Harris
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party
In office
31 October 2005  10 November 2011
LeaderAnnabel Goldie
Ruth Davidson
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byJackson Carlaw
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
10 August 2001
Personal details
Born
Murdo MacKenzie Fraser

(1965-09-05) 5 September 1965 (age 54)
Inverness, Scotland
NationalityScottish
Political partyScottish Conservative Party
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
OccupationSolicitor
WebsiteProfile: scottishconservatives.com

Early life


Born in 1965, he was educated at Inverness Royal Academy. He studied law at the University of Aberdeen, and was chairman of the Scottish Young Conservatives from 1989 to 1992. During this time Fraser said he had "appropriated" a plaque marking a TV lounge that had been named to honour Nelson Mandela, as a prank to annoy left-wing students. In 2016, Fraser said he returned the engraved "trophy" to students, although Aberdeen University Student Association disputes the claim.[2]

After undertaking a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies, he worked as a solicitor in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, latterly as an associate with Ketchen and Stevens WS in Edinburgh, specialising in commercial law.

Political career


At the 1999 Scottish Parliamentary Election, he was an unsuccessful candidate for North Tayside, as he was in 2003 and 2007. He stood unsuccessfully for the House of Commons in the 1997 General Election in East Lothian, and in 2001 for the UK Parliament's North Tayside seat.

He became an MSP in 2001, after the resignation of Nick Johnston, as next name on the Conservative Party's Mid Scotland and Fife list. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011. Previously the convenor of the Economy, Energy, and Tourism Committee, Fraser is a member of the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament.[3]

He became deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives in November 2005 when Annabel Goldie became leader. After the 2011 election, at which 15 Conservative MSP's were elected, Annabel Goldie triggered a leadership election by announcing that she would stand down in Autumn 2011.

In June 2014, Fraser spoke in favour of reconstituting the United Kingdom on a federal basis.[4]

Party leadership election

After being elected through the party list in 2011, he announced in August his decision to seek the leadership of the Scottish Conservative Party,[5] and launched his campaign on 4 September in Edinburgh. His launch plans included a commitment to further devolution to the Scottish Parliament from Westminster, as well as launching a new party to redefine the politics of Scotland, harnessing the support of the centre-right, but independent of the UK Conservative Party and with a new name and identity.[6] Fraser was unsuccessful in his attempt to be elected party leader, losing out to Ruth Davidson,[7] and following the election was succeeded as deputy leader by Jackson Carlaw.[8]

Personal life


Fraser lives with his wife and two children in Perthshire. He is a fan of Glasgow's Rangers Football Club.

References


  1. "Scottish Conservative appointments for new parliamentary term". Scottish Conservative Party. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  2. "Tory confesses, but mystery of Mandela plaque continues". The Scotsman. 9 December 2007.
  3. "Murdo Fraser MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  4. "Scottish independence: Conservative MSP calls for a federal UK". BBC News. BBC. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  5. MacNab, Scott (27 August 2011). "Murdo Fraser bids to become Scottish Tory leader". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  6. "Scottish Tory leadership favourite 'to split party'". BBC Scotland. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  7. "Ruth Davidson elected new Scottish Conservative leader". BBC News. 4 November 2011.
  8. "New leader Ruth Davidson announces front bench team". BBC News. 10 November 2011.