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John Home Robertson MSP
 "It has been a privilege to represent the people of East Lothian for 26 years. East Lothian is one of the few parts of Scotland with an increasing population, so I'm working hard to secure improved services to meet the growing needs of the county. I am delighted that the Scottish Executive has dualled the A1 road all the way to Dunbar and I am working with the local authority and others to secure improved local provision in education, health and housing."

John Home Robertson was the successful Labour candidate at the Berwick & East Lothian by-election in 1978, following the death of John P Mackintosh. He represented that constituency until 1983, and then he returned to the House of Commons for the new constituency of East Lothian until 2001. At Westminster, John served on the Scottish and Defence Select Committees. He also spent time as an Opposition Whip, as Labour Front Bench Spokesman on Agriculture and Scottish Affairs and as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Dr Jack cunningham at the Ministry of Agriculture and then at the Cabinet Office.

John was born in Edinburgh in 1948 and married Catherine Brewster in 1977. They have two grown-up sons. Before his election to Parliament, he ran his family farm in Berwickshire, and he was a member of Berwickshire District Council from 1974-78. As a delegate to the Labour Party Conference in 1976, he moved the resolution which committed the Party to devolution for Scotland, and throughout his career at Westminster he campaigned for the establishment of the Scottish Parliament.

One of John's forebears was an MSP for Berwickshire in 1707 who opposed the Act of Union. In 1988, John gave his family's historic home, paxton house, to the nation. It is managed for the public by the Paxton Trust.

After his election to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, John was the Minister for Fisheries and Forestry in Donald Dewar's administration. In 2001 he took on convenership of the Holyrood Progress Group, which had responsibility for overseeing the completion of the new Parliament Building Project.

This introduction was written by John Home Robertson in the summer of 2004

John is a member of the following committees:

  Member of the European and External Relations Committee
 Member of the Communities Committee

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Some information about John

Member for:
East Lothian

Scottish Labour

Date of Birth:
05 December 1948

Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland

Religious Affiliation:

Family Information:

Trade Union/Professional Membership:

Ampleforth College, Yorkshire

West of Scotland Agricultural College
Diploma in Agriculture

Career History:
1978 to 1983, MP for Berwick & East Lothian
1983 to 2001, MP for East Lothian
1999 to present, MSP for East Lothian