Robert Brown

He is currently Liberal Democrat Councillor for Rutherglen South ward of South Lanarkshire Council. He was a Rutherglen Councillor on Glasgow District Council for 15 years and MSP for Glasgow Region from 1999 to 2011. From 2005-2007, Robert was Deputy Minister for Education and Young People.

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As an MSP, Robert served successively on the Social Justice, Education and Justice Committees. He was Convener of the Education Committee from 2003-5. He was Chair of the Cross Party Groups on Visual Impairment, Human Rights and Children.

Robert graduated from Aberdeen University with First Class Honours. He qualified as a solicitor and served as Procurator Fiscal Depute in Dumbarton, before joining Ross Harper & Murphy, Solicitors, Glasgow and Rutherglen where he was latterly senior civil partner.

Robert was Chair of Rutherglen and Cambuslang Citizens’ Advice Bureau for two terms of 5 years. He serves on the Board of Spark (formerly Scottish Marriage Care). He is Honorary President of Overtoun Park Bowling Club.

He was a longstanding Policy Convener of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, and was responsible for a number of Party manifestos. He also served on both the Steel Commission and the Campbell Commission which set out the Liberal Democrat vision for Scottish Home Rule within a federal United Kingdom.

Robert has co-edited 2 landmark books of Liberal essays:

  • The Little Yellow Book (2012)

  • Unlocking Liberalism (2014)

Robert is married with a grown up son and daughter and lives in Rutherglen.

 

Robert on South Lanarkshire Council

Robert serves on the following committees:

  • Executive Committee

  • Housing & Technical Resources

  • Enterprise Services

  • Licensing Committee

  • Rutherglen and Cambuslang Licensing Board

  • Equal Opportunities Forum

  • Cambuslang and Rutherglen Area Committee

  • Getting it Right for South Lanarkshire Children’s Partnership Board

 

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