Andrew Wilson (politician)

Andrew Wilson (Politician)

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Andrew Wilson (politician)

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Andrew Wilson, born in Lanark, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, 1970 is a former Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP).

Whilst attending the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, (from where he graduated in 1992 with a degree in economics and politics) he was elected Vice President of the Students Association and became National Convener of the Scottish National Party (SNP) student organisation, the Federation of Student Nationalists. He joined the Government Economic Service after graduation, serving with the Forestry Commission and Scottish Office, and in 1996 he started work at SNP Headquarters, Edinburgh, as a researcher, before entering employment with the Royal Bank of Scotland as a business economist in 1997.

Elected in first election to the newly re-established Scottish Parliament he was elected as one of five SNP MSPs to represent Central Scotland through the Additional Members System.

Whilst an MSP he served variously in the Shadow Cabinet as the SNP Finance, Economy, Lifelong Learning and Transport Spokesperson. He was widely viewed by commentators as a rising star of the SNP, an iconoclast and pro-market economist he made much headway selling the idea of fiscal autonomy to the mainstream media and society. It was adopted by The Scotsman, a unionist newspaper and later went on to win support across the political spectrum.

He came within 520 votes of unseating Cathie Craigie in the first past the post contest for the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth seat, but when only three SNP...
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