Raymond Robertson (politician)
He was educated at Glasgow University, graduating Master of Arts with Honours in Modern History and Politics. During the 1980s he taught Modern Studies at Dumbarton Academy and Smithycroft Secondary School in Glasgow's East End.
After unsuccessfully contesting Clydesdale in 1987, he was selected as Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party candidate for Aberdeen South. In a surprise result, at the 1992 United Kingdom general election, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeen South, defeating Labour's Frank Doran, who had held the seat since 1987. In 1995 he was appointed Minister for Education, Housing, Fisheries and Sport at the Scottish Office, a post he held until the 1997 United Kingdom general election.
After losing the Aberdeen South seat to Labour's Anne Begg at the 1997 general election, he became Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Chairman. In 2001, he resigned after unsuccessfully contesting the Eastwood constituency at the 2001 general election and the subsequent resignation of William Hague, the then Conservative Party leader.