Gordon Macdonald has been chosen as the Scottish National Party (SNP) canidate for Edinburgh Pentlands in the upcoming 2016 Scottish Government Election.
Gordon was elected to the Scottish Parliament 2011 for the Edinburgh Pentlands Constituency. He was appointed Parliamentary Liaison officer (PLO) to the Minister for Youth Employment by the then First Minister Alex Salmond. Following the election of Nicola Sturgeon as Scotland’s First Minister in November 2014, Gordon was appointed the PLO to the Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training.
Born in Glasgow he was educated at Cumbernauld High School and Glasgow College of Technology; now Glasgow Caledonian University.
Living in the Lothian area with his long term partner and two sons he has been an active member of the SNP since 1975. He has held many posts in the party including serving on the party’s National Executive as Assistant National Treasurer.
Commenting on his campaign website, Gordon said:
My aim has always been to be an accessible MSP, available to respond to my constituents needs and provide a service to every member of the public. My constituency office interview room is always busy with residents requiring assistance or to ask my views on a particular subject.
Since 2011 I have settled into my role of representing the people of Edinburgh Pentlands and with your support I look forward to continuing to represent you after the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections
The Scottish parliament election will be held on Thursday 5 May 2016. The election results from 2011 were an SNP win for Gordon Macdonald with 11,197 votes, followed by Conservative candidate David William McLetchie with 9,439, Labour candidate Ricky Henderson 7,993 votes and Liberal Democrat candidate Simon James Clark with 1,420. Gordon will be competing against Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party candidate Gordon Lindhurst, Scottish Labour candidate Blair Heary and Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate Emma Farthing-Sykes.