Patrick Harvie

Patrick Harvie (born 18 March 1973) is the co-leader of the Scottish Greens (with Lorna Slater) and Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow region. He was first elected in the 2003 election and was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2016.

Patrick Harvie

Patrick Harvie in March 2013
Co-Leader of the Scottish Greens
Assumed office
1 August 2019
Serving with Lorna Slater
Preceded byHimself (as co-convenor)
Co-Convenor of the Scottish Greens
In office
2008  31 July 2019
Serving with Eleanor Scott (2008–2011)
Martha Wardrop (2011–2013)
Maggie Chapman (2013–2019)
Preceded byRobin Harper
Succeeded byHimself (as co-leader)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
Assumed office
1 May 2003
Personal details
Born (1973-03-18) 18 March 1973 (age 47)
Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Political partyScottish Greens
Alma materManchester Metropolitan University

Background, education and career

Harvie went to Dumbarton Academy between 1984–1991, and attended Manchester Metropolitan University where he was briefly a member of the Labour party.[1]

From 1997 till his election in 2003, Harvie worked within the Gay Men's Project at the sexual health organisation PHACE Scotland (now part of the Terrence Higgins Trust) initially as a youth worker and later as Development Worker for the Lanarkshire Health Board area. Although this work was principally concerned with HIV prevention, it also involved Harvie in equality campaigning. He also had a spell as a civil servant, working with the Inland Revenue in Dumbarton. During this period, he was active in the campaign to repeal Section 2A of the Local Government Act, more commonly known as Section 28. This campaign was successful, and Harvie has stated that the experience prompted him to become more actively involved in politics, leading to his joining the Scottish Green Party.[2]

Member of the Scottish Parliament

Harvie has gained attention both for issues strongly associated with the Greens, such as campaigning against the extension to the M74 motorway in Glasgow, and for more 'mainstream' issues such as opposition to the Identity Cards Bill.

Quickly after becoming an MSP he caused some controversy by proposing civil partnership legislation in the Scottish Parliament. Though this legislation was ultimately handled at Westminster and covered the whole UK, the distinctive Scottish proposals helped to stimulate some public debate north of the border, both on the issue of same-sex relationships and on the process known as a Legislative Consent Motion by which the Scottish Parliament allows Westminster to legislate for the whole UK.

Patrick Harvie MSP campaigning in Dennistoun, Glasgow

Harvie was a member of the Communities Committee of the Scottish Parliament throughout the 2003–07 session,[3] and through this committee he worked on the Anti-social behaviour Bill, the Charities Bill and the Housing Bill, as well as on issues of homelessness, debt, the planning system and building standards. In 2004 Harvie was given the 'One to Watch' award at the annual Scottish Politician of the Year event. In addition to the Communities portfolio, Harvie covered the Justice portfolio for the Greens, and has been active on a number of civil liberties issues. He has also been convener of the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Human Rights, and helped to establish a CPG on Sexual Health.

Following the Green Party's disappointing performance in the 2007 election, Harvie was returned with a reduced share of the vote. The tight parliamentary arithmetic and a constructive relationship with the Scottish National Party led to a Co-operation Agreement between the two parties. Under this, Harvie was nominated to convene the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee.

Positions held

Scottish Parliament

  • MSP for Glasgow region (2003–present)[4]
  • Member of the Finance and Constitution Committee (present)
  • Convener of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee (2007–2011)[5]


  • Co-leader, Scottish Greens (2019–Present)
  • Co-convener, Scottish Green Party (2008–2019)[6]
  • Spokesperson for Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities (present)[6]
  • Spokesperson for Justice, Communities, Europe and Constitutional Affairs (2005–2007)
  • Spokesperson for Justice and Communities (2003–2005)


Harvie is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society[7], Honorary Vice-President of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association and a patron of Parents Enquiry Scotland. He is a board member of the Glasgay! Festival, and a member of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Equality Network, Stonewall (UK), Amnesty International, Humanist Society Scotland, Campaign for Real Ale and the Campaign Against the Arms Trade. From 2003 till 2007, Harvie wrote a weekly column in the Scottish edition of the Big Issue.

He is bisexual, and in 2003 became the first openly bisexual Member of the Scottish Parliament.[8]

He was also a candidate in the election for Rector of the University of Glasgow in February 2008.[9]

Harvie is an advocate of Open Source and Free Software, and a Linux user. His use of Twitter during an important political dinner drew much media comment.[10]


  1. Gordon, Tom (5 April 2015). "Party Leader interviews: Patrick Harvie". The Herald. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  2. Chakelian, Anoosh (15 August 2014). "Leader of the Scottish Greens: "You don't need to like Alex Salmond to vote Yes". New Statesman. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  3. "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003–2007): Patrick Harvie MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  4. "Glasgow - Scottish Parliament electoral region - Election 2016". Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  5. "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007–2011): Patrick Harvie MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  6. "Patrick Harvie MSP". Scottish Green Party. 22 May 2018. Archived from the original on 24 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  7. "Honorary Associates". National Secular Society. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  8. "30 years of Stonewall: The fight for LGBT rights". The Herald. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  9. Rectorial Elections 2008 Results, Glasgow University SRC, February 2008
  10. Maddox, David (18 April 2009). "Harvie: Twitter ye not at my manners". The Scotsman.