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Stewart Stevenson

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James Alexander Stewart Stevenson (known as Stewart Stevenson) (Gaelic: Seamus Alasdair Stiùbhart MacSteafain; born 15 October 1946) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) from 2001 to 2021. He was the MSP for Banff and Buchan from 2001 to 2011, and after boundary changes he was the MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast from 2011 to 2021.

Stewart Stevenson
Stevenson in 2016
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Banffshire & Buchan Coast
Banff and Buchan 2001–2011
In office
7 June 2001 – 5 May 2021
Preceded byAlex Salmond
Succeeded byKaren Adam
Majority6,583 (23.0%)
Minister for Environment
and Climate Change
In office
25 May 2011 – 6 September 2012
First MinisterAlex Salmond
Preceded byRoseanna Cunningham
Succeeded byPaul Wheelhouse
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure
and Climate Change
In office
17 May 2007 – 11 December 2010
First MinisterAlex Salmond
Preceded byTavish Scott
(as Minister for Transport)
Succeeded byKeith Brown
(as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure)
Convenor of the SNP
Scottish Parliamentary Group
In office
7 May 2003 – 17 May 2007
Succeeded byGil Paterson
National Secretary of the SNP
Assumed office
30 November 2020
Preceded byAngus Macleod
Personal details
Born (1946-10-15)15 October 1946 (age 75)
Edinburgh, Scotland
NationalityScottish
Political partyScottish National Party
Spouse(s)Sandra Pirie
ResidenceEdinburgh, Scotland
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
University of Strathclyde
ProfessionSoftware engineer
Websitestewartstevenson.scot

In the Scottish Government, he was Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change from May 2007 to December 2010, and Minister for Environment and Climate Change from May 2011 to September 2012.

Mr Stevenson was elected National Secretary of the SNP on 30 November 2020.

Contents

Stevenson was born in Edinburgh. His father James Stevenson was a doctor and his mother Helen MacGregor was a teacher. He was brought up in Cupar, Fife. He was educated at Bell Baxter High School then studied mathematics at the University of Aberdeen. He worked in information technology with the Bank of Scotland for 30 years, retiring in 1999 as Director of Technology Innovation.

In Opposition

Stevenson joined the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 1961. He stood as an SNP candidate in the Linlithgow constituency in the 1999 Scottish General election but was unsuccessful.

In January 2001 Stevenson was adopted as the candidate for Banff and Buchan, ahead of the by-election on 7 June 2001 that was triggered by Alex Salmond's resignation from the seat to concentrate on Westminster politics. Stevenson was elected with a majority of 8,500 votes over the Conservative candidate.

He made his maiden speech on the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy on 14 June 2001.

He was re-elected to the constituency in the 2003 elections.

University Challenge

In 2004 he was a member of the Scottish Parliament team in the TV general knowledge programme, University Challenge – The Professionals. He and fellow team members Richard Baker (Labour), Robin Harper (Green), Jamie Stone (Lib Dem) who was captain, beat a Welsh Assembly team by 110 points to 75.

Responsibilities

In opposition he was Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health until September 2004, then becoming Deputy Party Spokesperson on Justice with responsibility for Prisons and Drugs policy. He was Convenor of the SNP Group in the Scottish Parliament and Deputy Convenor of the Parliament's Justice 1 Committee. In addition he ended Session 2 as a substitute member of the Parliament's Health Committee and Deputy Convenor of the Parliament's Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment.[citation needed]

Records

By the end of Parliament's second session on 2 April 2007 he had made 284 speeches in the Scottish Parliament and was thus the most prolific speaker since the Parliament's being re-convened in 1999. By the end of Session 3 in March 2011, he had made 406 speeches and retained the position of "most prolific parliamentary speaker". He reached his 500th speech on the Tribunals (Scotland) Bill, on 7 November 2013.

He can, arguably, hold the record for the longest speech in Parliament. He commenced a speech on International Suicide Prevention Week at 17:21 on Wednesday, 7 September 2004 and completed it at 17:12 on Thursday, 8 September 2004 nearly 24 hours later. However this was due to the failure of the Parliament's sound system just after he started to speak.

On 12 June 2015, he became the first Member of the Scottish Parliament to have made 600 speeches.

In Government

In the 2007 Scottish General election on 3 May, he was returned with a majority of 10,530, the largest in Scotland, over the Scottish Conservative Party candidate. The SNP formed a minority government and on 17 May Stevenson was appointed the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change. This appointment covered: the land use planning system, climate change, building standards, transport policy and delivery, public transport, road, rail services, canals, harbours, air and ferry services, Scottish Water.[citation needed]

As Minister, Stevenson piloted the SNP Government's first Bill, Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill., which received royal assent on 24 January 2008, becoming the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act 2008. At the end of May the Scottish Executive approved The Port of Cairnryan Harbour Empowerment Order 2007 and with this Stevenson became the first SNP Minister to sign a piece of legislation. He also brought forward the SNP's first Legislative Consent Motion, previously known as Sewel Motions, on the subject of the UK Climate Change Bill. He was also the first SNP Minister to lose a vote in Parliament on the subject of the Edinburgh Trams project.

As the Minister for Transport, he was involved with the progressing the legislation for the Forth Replacement Crossing, continuing a family association with Firth of Forth infrastructure projects. His great uncle, Sir Alexander Stevenson, was Chairman of the Forth Road Bridge Campaign Committee in the 1930s; the Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964.

In March 2009 Stevenson apologised for the use of an "intemperate word" in Parliament when he said the word "bollocks" in an off-mic remark in response to sedentary remarks by Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles on the relationship between Scottish ministers and officials at Transport Scotland.

After an unusually heavy snowfall in December 2010 caught authorities by surprise and left thousands of motorists stranded overnight on major highways, Stevenson called the government's response "first class" and refused to apologise; anger over the lack of preparedness and over his initial response made his position untenable, and he resigned on 11 December.

2011 Scottish Parliament election

In the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, under the re-drawn constituency boundaries, Stevenson was elected as the SNP member for the new seat of Banffshire and Buchan Coast; 16,812 votes cast for him was 67.24% of the total, the highest share of votes cast out of all the constituency elections for the Scottish Parliament in 2011.

Under the Second Salmond government Stevenson returned to a ministerial position, appointed as Minister for Environment and Climate Change on 20 May 2011. His ministerial role ended with the re-shuffle announced on 5 September 2012, when he was replaced as Minister by Paul Wheelhouse MSP.

2016 Scottish Parliament election

In the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, Stevenson was re-elected as member for Banffshire and Buchan Coast at the 2016 election with a reduced majority of 6,583.

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Member of Parliament for Banff and Buchan
20012011
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Banffshire and Buchan Coast
20112021
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister for Environment and Climate Change
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Tavish Scott
as Minister for Transport
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Keith Brown
as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

Stewart Stevenson
Stewart Stevenson Language Watch Edit For other uses see Stewart Stevenson disambiguation James Alexander Stewart Stevenson known as Stewart Stevenson Gaelic Seamus Alasdair Stiubhart MacSteafain born 15 October 1946 is a Scottish National Party SNP politician who was a Member of the Scottish Parliament MSP from 2001 to 2021 1 He was the MSP for Banff and Buchan from 2001 to 2011 and after boundary changes he was the MSP for Banffshire amp Buchan Coast from 2011 to 2021 Stewart StevensonStevenson in 2016Member of the Scottish Parliament for Banffshire amp Buchan Coast Banff and Buchan 2001 2011In office 7 June 2001 5 May 2021Preceded byAlex SalmondSucceeded byKaren AdamMajority6 583 23 0 Minister for Environment and Climate ChangeIn office 25 May 2011 6 September 2012First MinisterAlex SalmondPreceded byRoseanna CunninghamSucceeded byPaul WheelhouseMinister for Transport Infrastructure and Climate ChangeIn office 17 May 2007 11 December 2010First MinisterAlex SalmondPreceded byTavish Scott as Minister for Transport Succeeded byKeith Brown as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Convenor of the SNP Scottish Parliamentary GroupIn office 7 May 2003 17 May 2007Succeeded byGil PatersonNational Secretary of the SNPIncumbentAssumed office 30 November 2020Preceded byAngus MacleodPersonal detailsBorn 1946 10 15 15 October 1946 age 75 Edinburgh ScotlandNationalityScottishPolitical partyScottish National PartySpouse s Sandra PirieResidenceEdinburgh ScotlandAlma materUniversity of Aberdeen University of StrathclydeProfessionSoftware engineerWebsitestewartstevenson wbr scot In the Scottish Government he was Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change from May 2007 to December 2010 and Minister for Environment and Climate Change from May 2011 to September 2012 Mr Stevenson was elected National Secretary of the SNP on 30 November 2020 2 Contents 1 Early life 2 Political career 2 1 In Opposition 2 2 University Challenge 2 3 Responsibilities 2 4 Records 2 5 In Government 2 6 2011 Scottish Parliament election 2 7 2016 Scottish Parliament election 3 References 4 External linksEarly life EditStevenson was born in Edinburgh His father James Stevenson was a doctor and his mother Helen MacGregor was a teacher 3 He was brought up in Cupar Fife He was educated at Bell Baxter High School then studied mathematics at the University of Aberdeen 4 He worked in information technology with the Bank of Scotland for 30 years 4 retiring in 1999 as Director of Technology Innovation 5 Political career EditIn Opposition Edit Stevenson joined the Scottish National Party SNP in 1961 He stood as an SNP candidate in the Linlithgow constituency in the 1999 Scottish General election but was unsuccessful 6 In January 2001 Stevenson was adopted as the candidate for Banff and Buchan ahead of the by election on 7 June 2001 that was triggered by Alex Salmond s resignation from the seat to concentrate on Westminster politics 7 Stevenson was elected with a majority of 8 500 votes over the Conservative candidate 8 He made his maiden speech on the European Union s Common Fisheries Policy on 14 June 2001 9 He was re elected to the constituency in the 2003 elections 10 University Challenge Edit In 2004 he was a member of the Scottish Parliament team in the TV general knowledge programme University Challenge The Professionals He and fellow team members Richard Baker Labour Robin Harper Green Jamie Stone Lib Dem who was captain beat a Welsh Assembly team by 110 points to 75 11 12 13 Responsibilities Edit In opposition he was Deputy Party Spokesperson on Health until September 2004 then becoming Deputy Party Spokesperson on Justice 14 with responsibility for Prisons and Drugs policy He was Convenor of the SNP Group in the Scottish Parliament and Deputy Convenor of the Parliament s Justice 1 Committee 15 In addition he ended Session 2 as a substitute member of the Parliament s Health Committee 16 and Deputy Convenor of the Parliament s Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment citation needed Records Edit By the end of Parliament s second session on 2 April 2007 he had made 284 speeches in the Scottish Parliament and was thus the most prolific speaker since the Parliament s being re convened in 1999 By the end of Session 3 in March 2011 he had made 406 speeches and retained the position of most prolific parliamentary speaker He reached his 500th speech 17 on the Tribunals Scotland Bill on 7 November 2013 18 He can arguably hold the record for the longest speech in Parliament He commenced a speech on International Suicide Prevention Week at 17 21 on Wednesday 7 September 2004 19 and completed it at 17 12 on Thursday 8 September 2004 20 nearly 24 hours later However this was due to the failure of the Parliament s sound system just after he started to speak 21 On 12 June 2015 he became the first Member of the Scottish Parliament to have made 600 speeches 22 In Government Edit In the 2007 Scottish General election on 3 May he was returned with a majority of 10 530 the largest in Scotland over the Scottish Conservative Party candidate 23 The SNP formed a minority government and on 17 May Stevenson was appointed the Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change 24 This appointment covered the land use planning system climate change building standards transport policy and delivery public transport road rail services canals harbours air and ferry services Scottish Water citation needed As Minister Stevenson piloted the SNP Government s first Bill Abolition of Bridge Tolls Scotland Bill 25 which received royal assent on 24 January 2008 becoming the Abolition of Bridge Tolls Scotland Act 2008 26 At the end of May the Scottish Executive approved The Port of Cairnryan Harbour Empowerment Order 2007 27 28 and with this Stevenson became the first SNP Minister to sign a piece of legislation He also brought forward the SNP s first Legislative Consent Motion previously known as Sewel Motions on the subject of the UK Climate Change Bill 29 He was also the first SNP Minister to lose a vote in Parliament on the subject of the Edinburgh Trams project 30 As the Minister for Transport he was involved with the progressing the legislation for the Forth Replacement Crossing continuing a family association with Firth of Forth infrastructure projects 31 His great uncle Sir Alexander Stevenson was Chairman of the Forth Road Bridge Campaign Committee in the 1930s 32 the Forth Road Bridge opened in 1964 33 In March 2009 Stevenson apologised for the use of an intemperate word in Parliament when he said the word bollocks in an off mic remark in response to sedentary remarks by Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles on the relationship between Scottish ministers and officials at Transport Scotland 34 After an unusually heavy snowfall in December 2010 caught authorities by surprise and left thousands of motorists stranded overnight on major highways Stevenson called the government s response first class and refused to apologise anger over the lack of preparedness and over his initial response made his position untenable and he resigned on 11 December 35 36 2011 Scottish Parliament election Edit In the 2011 Scottish Parliament election under the re drawn constituency boundaries Stevenson was elected as the SNP member for the new seat of Banffshire and Buchan Coast 16 812 votes cast for him was 67 24 of the total the highest share of votes cast out of all the constituency elections for the Scottish Parliament in 2011 37 Under the Second Salmond government Stevenson returned to a ministerial position appointed as Minister for Environment and Climate Change on 20 May 2011 38 His ministerial role ended with the re shuffle announced on 5 September 2012 when he was replaced as Minister by Paul Wheelhouse MSP 39 2016 Scottish Parliament election Edit In the 2016 Scottish Parliament election Stevenson was re elected as member for Banffshire and Buchan Coast at the 2016 election with a reduced majority of 6 583 40 References Edit STEVENSON James Alexander Stewart Who s Who Oxford University Press December 2009 Retrieved 24 May 2010 SNP internal election results may cause problems for Nicola Sturgeon BBC News 1 December 2020 Retrieved 2 December 2020 Births CR Scotland 35 Drumsheugh Gardens Edinburgh Midlothian 15 October 1946 STEVENSON James Alexander Stewart 685 01 1243 a b Profile Stewart Stevenson BBC News 11 December 2010 Retrieved 19 November 2016 Bank s Director of Technology Innovation Selected as Prospective Candidate for Scottish Parliament 27 January 1999 retrieved 7 August 2017 Vote 99 Scotland Constituency and Regions Linlithgow BBC News Retrieved 19 November 2016 Salmond defends Westminster move BBC News 15 January 2001 Holyrood by elections resolved BBC News 8 June 2001 Official Report Session 1 c 1669 Scottish Parliament 14 June 2001 Scottish General election constituency Banff amp Buchan BBC News Retrieved 19 November 2016 2004 Series University Challenge The Professionals Blanchflower org Retrieved 31 January 2011 Scots win in Paxo challenge BBC News 28 June 2004 2003 Series University Challenge The Professionals Blanchflower org 8 September 2003 Retrieved 31 January 2011 MSPs Previous MSPs Session 2 7 May 2003 02 April 2007 Stewart Stevenson Scottish Parliament Retrieved 20 November 2016 The Scottish Parliament Committees Justice 1 Session 2 Scottish Parliament Retrieved 19 November 2016 The Scottish Parliament Committees Health Scottish Parliament Retrieved 19 November 2016 List of Speeches Stewart Stevenson MSP Web Site Official Report Session 4 c 24231 Scottish Parliament 7 November 2013 Official Report Session 2 c 9981 Archived 20 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine Scottish Parliament 7 September 2004 Official Report Session 2 c 10121 Archived 20 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine Scottish Parliament 8 September 2004 The Deputy Presiding Officer I am afraid that I must interrupt you as the sound system has failed 7 September 2004 retrieved 7 August 2017 Stevenson makes 600th Speech 12 June 2015 Election results Table 18 Constituency Seats by size of Majority PDF Scottish Parliament Retrieved 20 November 2016 Parliament approves Scottish Ministers Press release Scottish Government 17 May 2007 Retrieved 27 March 2016 MSPs vote to scrap bridge tolls BBC News 20 December 2007 Abolition of Bridge Tolls Scotland Bill Scottish Parliament 24 January 2008 Retrieved 19 November 2016 Major harbour plans get go ahead BBC News 31 May 2007 The Port of Cairnryan Harbour Empowerment Order 2007 Scottish Parliament 25 May 2007 Official Report Plenary 20 Dec 2007 Scottish Parliament Retrieved 20 November 2016 Climbdown after transport defeat BBC News 27 June 2007 Forth bridge legislation unveiled BBC News 17 November 2009 Forth Road Bridge Scheme Supported at Boness Sir A Stevenson s Figure The Scotsman 28 February 1935 Retrieved 20 November 2016 The Bridge Introduction Forth Estuary Transport Authority Archived from the original on 30 April 2009 Retrieved 7 September 2013 Minister says sorry for swearing BBC News 12 March 2009 Scottish Transport Minister apologises to motorists BBC News 7 December 2010 Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson resigns BBC News 11 December 2010 Retrieved 11 December 2010 Stevenson sworn in as Banff amp Buchan Coast MSP STV News 16 May 2011 Retrieved 20 November 2016 Salmond completes SNP majority government BBC News 20 May 2011 Retrieved 21 May 2011 Scottish cabinet reshuffle BBC News 5 September 2012 Retrieved 5 September 2012 Banffshire and Buchan Coast result BBC News 6 May 2016 Retrieved 19 November 2016 External links EditStewart Stevenson s personal web site Scottish Parliament profiles of MSPs Stewart Stevenson Stewart Stevenson at They Work for YouScottish ParliamentPreceded by Alex Salmond Member of Parliament for Banff and Buchan 2001 2011 Constituency abolishedNew constituency Member of Parliament for Banffshire and Buchan Coast 2011 2021 Succeeded by Karen AdamPolitical officesPreceded by Roseanna Cunningham Minister for Environment and Climate Change 2011 2012 Succeeded by Paul WheelhousePreceded by Tavish Scott as Minister for Transport Minister for Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change 2007 2010 Succeeded by Keith Brown as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stewart Stevenson amp oldid 1053507877, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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