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.


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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