Tom Arthur (Scottish politician)

Thomas "Tom" Compton Arthur MSP (born 1985) is a Scottish politician. Belonging to the Scottish National Party, he is the Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the constituency of Renfrewshire South, having been elected in 2016.[1]

Tom Arthur

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Renfrewshire South
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byHugh Henry
Majority4,408 (14.9%)
Personal details
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow


Arthur was born in 1985 in Paisley, Renfrewshire and raised in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, where he was educated at Cross Arthurlie Primary and Barrhead High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music then later Master of Music from the University of Glasgow. Before entering politics, he worked as a company director, freelance piano teacher and keyboardist.[2]

Political career

Arthur joined the Scottish National Party in 2009.[2] He was elected as the first SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Renfrewshire South constituency at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. Arthur made his debut speech in the Scottish Parliament on 26 May 2016.[3]