|The Rt Hon. George Reid|
7 May 2003 – 14 May 2007
|Preceded by||David Steel|
|Succeeded by||Alex Fergusson|
|Preceded by||Richard Simpson|
|Succeeded by||Keith Brown|
|Born||June 4, 1939 |
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
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George Reid was born in 1939 at Tullibody, near Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, and educated at Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire, and the University of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, where he was awarded a Master's degree with First Class Honours in History in 1962. Tullibody is a small town of approximately 8500 residents, in Clackmannanshire in central Scotland. Alloa ( Allmhagh Mòr in Gaelic is a small Burgh in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, 6 miles to the east of Stirling, on the north Clackmannanshire ( Siorrachd Chlach Mhannainn in Gaelic; nicknamed "the wee county" and sometimes called Clacks is one of the 32 local government Dollar Academy is Scotland's oldest boarding school, with a 70 acre campus set in the shadow of the Ochil Hills in the village of Dollar, Clackmannanshire The University of St Andrews is the oldest University in Scotland and third oldest in the English-speaking world, having been founded between Fife ( Gaelic: Fìobha) is a Council area of Scotland, situated between the Firth of Tay and the Firth of Forth, with inland The British undergraduate degree classification system is a grading scheme for Undergraduate degrees ( Bachelor's degrees and some Master's degrees History is the study of the past particularly the written record Those who study history as a Profession are called Historians Etymology Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He then continued with further studies in Switzerland and Union College, U.S., obtaining a diploma in international relations. Switzerland (English pronunciation; Schweiz Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra officially the Swiss Confederation Union College is a non-denominational independent liberal arts college located in Schenectady New York. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A diploma (from Greek δίπλωµα diploma, meaning "folded paper" is a Certificate or Deed issued by an educational institution
He worked as a broadcast journalist and television producer for the BBC, Granada Television and Scottish Television, and as a print journalist for several newspapers. For the band see Broadcast (band Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or Video signals which transmit A journalist (also called a newspaperman) is a person who practices Journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events trends The primary role of a television producer is to control all aspects of production ranging from show idea development and cast hiring to shoot supervision and fact-checking Granada Television is the United Kingdom ITV contractor for North West England. Scottish Television (now legally known as STV Central Ltd and referred to on-air as STV) is Scotland's largest ITV franchisee, and has held the A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. In this time he produced over 200 television documentaries, including Emmy winner Contract 736.
Reid was elected as the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of Parliament for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire in the UK general election, February 1974, with a majority of 3,610. The Scottish National Party (SNP (Pàrtaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba Scottis Naitional Pairtie is a Centre-left political party which campaigns for Scottish A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a Parliament. Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire was a parliamentary constituency in the Clackmannan area of Central Scotland. Results |} Total votes 31321982 All parties are shown The seats won by the Ulster Unionists are compared with those won by Unionist MPs in the 1970 election He more than doubled his majority to 7,341 in the UK general election, October 1974, but then lost by a narrow 984 votes in the UK general election, 1979. Results |} Total number of votes 29189104 All parties shown Votes summary Seats summary Background Callaghan had succeeded Harold Wilson as Labour Prime Minister after the latter's surprise resignation in April 1976
During his time as an MP he served as a member of the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe and Western European Union. The Council of Europe (Conseil de l'Europe is the oldest International organisation working towards European integration, being founded in 1949 The Western European Union ( WEU) is a partially dormant European defence and security organization established on the basis of the Treaty of Brussels of 1948
After leaving Westminster he briefly returned to journalism, and was producer of the famous reportage by Michael Buerk of the Ethiopian famine of 1984 that inspired the Band Aid and Live Aid charity campaigns, which led him to be headhunted by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent. Michael Duncan Buerk (born February 18, 1946) is a BBC Journalist and newsreader, most famous for his reporting of the Ethiopian Traditionally the Economy of Ethiopia was based on Subsistence agriculture, with an Aristocracy that consumed the surplus Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in order to raise money Live Aid was a multi-venue rock music concert held on. The event was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an International humanitarian movement with approximately 97 million volunteers worldwide who stated He was Director of Public Affairs there for 12 years, based in Geneva, Switzerland, but working worldwide in conflict and disaster zones. Geneva (Genève is the second-most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French -speaking Switzerland (English pronunciation; Schweiz Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra officially the Swiss Confederation Conflict is a state of discord caused by the actual or perceived opposition of Needs values and interests A disaster is the impact of a natural or human-made hazard that negatively affects society or environment. After relief efforts for the 1988 Armenian earthquake he was recognised with the Gold Medal of the Supreme Soviet of Armenia and the Pirogov Gold Medal of the USSR. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) The Spitak Earthquake (also called Leninakan Earthquake and Gyumri Earthquake) was a tremor with a Magnitude of 6 Armenia (Հայաստան transliterated: Hayastan,) officially the Republic of Armenia (Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն Hayastani The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR was a constitutionally Socialist state that existed in Eurasia from 1922 to 1991
In 1995 Reid re-entered Scottish politics by delivering the annual Donaldson Lecture at the SNP conference, drawing on his knowledge of continental European politics to argue a case for why a party like the SNP could be expected to prosper if a Scottish Parliament was established. Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Current situation The largest party is the Scottish National Party, which campaigns for Scottish independence. Continental Europe, also referred to as mainland Europe or simply the Continent, is the Continent of Europe, explicitly excluding European See also Politics of the European Union The politics of Europe deals with the continually evolving politics within the continent The Scottish Parliament ( Scottish Gaelic: Pàrlamaid na h-Alba; Scots: Scottish Pairlament) is the devlolved national unicameral Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland George Robertson's contrary claim that devolution would "kill the SNP stone dead" was dismissed by Reid by saying "Ho, ho, ho". The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the The Shadow Cabinet (also called the Shadow Front Bench) is a senior group of opposition spokespeople in the Westminster system of government who together under the The Secretary of State for Scotland ( Scottish Gaelic: Rùnaire Stàite na h-Alba) is the principal minister of Her Majesty's Government in the This article is about the contemporary politician For the president of the Court of Session see James Robertson Baron Robertson George Devolution is the statutory granting of powers from the central government of a State to government at subnational level
He stood in the Ochil constituency, which covered approximately the same area as his old seat, at Westminster in the UK general election 1997, coming in second. Ochil was a Constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1997 until 2005 Westminster is an area of Central London, within the City of Westminster. Results The election was fought under new boundaries with a net increase of eight seats compared to the 1992 election When the new Labour administration moved forward with proposals for a Scottish Parliament, Reid first served on the pre-establishment Consultative Steering Group, and then was elected in the first election in 1999 to represent Mid Scotland and Fife. The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the The Scottish Parliament election 1999 was the first General election of the Scottish Parliament, with voting taking place on May 6, 1999. Constituencies and council areas The constituencies were created in 1999 with the names and boundaries of Westminster constituencies as existing in at that time
At the opening of the Parliament Reid was defeated 82 votes to 44 by Sir David Steel (a Liberal Democrat, the last-ever leader of the British Liberal Party) for the position of Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and was instead elected a Deputy Presiding Officer. David Martin Scott Steel Baron Steel of Aikwood, KT, KBE, PC (born 31 March 1938) is a British and Scottish The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal Political party in the United Kingdom, formed in 1988 by merging the The Liberal Party was one of the two major British political parties from the early 19th century until the rise of the Labour Party in the 1920s and a third party The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (Oifigear-Riaghlaidh Preses o the Scots Pairlament is the speaker of the Scottish Parliament, elected by the The Scottish Parliament ( Scottish Gaelic: Pàrlamaid na h-Alba; Scots: Scottish Pairlament) is the devlolved national unicameral
At the 2003 Scottish Parliament Election Reid succeeded in winning the Ochil constituency first past the post. The Scottish Parliament election 2003, was the second General election of the Scottish Parliament. Ochil is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament ( Holyrood) The plurality voting system is a Single-winner voting system often used to elect executive officers or to elect members of a legislative assembly which is based on single-member He was then elected by his fellow MSPs to succeed David Steel as Presiding Officer. As the office is non-partisan, he took voluntary suspension from his political party, the SNP. A political party is a Political organization that seeks to attain and maintain political power within Government, usually by participating in electoral
As the Presiding Officer has a role in advising the Queen, Reid was appointed a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 2004. For the ship see RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Context States headed by Elizabeth II Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council is a body of advisors to the British Sovereign. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " At the official opening of the controversial new Scottish Parliament building that year, he made a keynote speech in which he paid tribute to the construction as an architectural achievement, and urged parliamentarians to "listen to the building" to inspire them in their future endeavours. The Scottish Parliament Building (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba is the home of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, within the UNESCO World Heritage Site The term architecture (from Greek αρχιτεκτονικήarchitektoniki) can be used to mean a process a profession or documentation
As Presiding Officer he also led the creation of a Scottish Futures Forum, to promote cross-party strategic thinking. He was appointed President of the Royal Commonwealth Society Scotland, and became Patron of the Scottish Disability Equality Forum. The Royal Commonwealth Society is a British organization which aims to promote an understanding of the nature and working of the Commonwealth of Nations. Patronage is the support encouragement privilege and often financial aid given by a person or an organization During his time as Presiding Officer he won the Herald newspaper's Scottish Politician of the Year award in 2003 and 2005, making him the only person so far to have won the award on two occasions. The Herald is a national Broadsheet newspaper published Monday to Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish Politician of the Year is an annual award established in 1999 Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
Reid chose not to seek re-election at the end of the 2007 Parliamentary term. As an independent figure with experience of a devolved parliament, he was chosen to lead a review of the administration of the troubled Northern Ireland Assembly. The Northern Ireland Assembly ( Irish: Tionól Thuaisceart Éireann, Ulster Scots: Norlin Airlann Semmlie) is the devolved Reid also joined the European Union's Caucasus-Caspian diplomatic commission. The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in The Caucasus ( also referred to as North Caucasus) is a geopolitical region located between Europe Asia & Middle East Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering ( CASPIAN) is a USA Grass-roots Consumer group dedicated to fighting Supermarket "loyalty" On April 19th 2007, he was made a Freeman of the County of Clackmannanshire.
He was then appointed Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in January 2008, to serve as the Queen's personal representative to the Church of Scotland. The Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is the British Sovereign's personal representative to the General Assembly of the The Church of Scotland (Eaglais na h-Alba known informally by its Scots language name The Kirk, is the National church of Scotland. This position is second only to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the ceremonial Order of Precedence. The Duke of Edinburgh is a Dukedom associated with Edinburgh, Scotland. The Order of precedence in Scotland was fixed by Royal Warrant in 1905
He also serves as an Honorary Professor in the School of Law at Glasgow University, and holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of St Andrews, University of Edinburgh, and Queen Margaret University. The meaning of the word professor ( Latin: professor, person who professes to be an expert in some art or science teacher of highest rank) varies The University of Glasgow (Oilthigh Ghlaschu was founded in 1451 in Glasgow, Scotland and along with its contemporary institutions the University of St Andrews An honorary degree or a degree honoris causa ( Latin: 'for the sake of the honour' is an Academic degree for which a university (or other degree-awarding The University of St Andrews is the oldest University in Scotland and third oldest in the English-speaking world, having been founded between The University of Edinburgh (Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann founded in 1582 is a renowned centre for teaching and research in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Queen Margaret University (formerly Queen Margaret University College and Queen Margaret College) is a Modern University located in Musselburgh Reid is married with two children.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament for Ochil|
Sir David Steel
|Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament|