Donald Gorrie

Former Liberal Democrat MSP for Central Scotland

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Recent appearances

  • Scottish Parliament: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill 28 Mar 2007

    I congratulate the committee, which has clearly done a good job, and which, by studying the issues intensively, has done what committees are supposed to do. I congratulate the Executive—which I do not often do—and the Parliament on the positive attitude that we now have to rail infrastructure and improving rail services of all sorts. That contrasts with the situation in the mid-1980s....
  • Scottish Parliament: Education 22 Mar 2007

    James Douglas-Hamilton and I go back to the early 1970s, when we were both councillors on Edinburgh Town Council. I will draw a veil over that. I am happy to support the motion, which sets out the Executive's position on education, but I would like to add to it. The motion, like many motions for debate on education, deals with young people as learners. We do not consider trying to make young...
  • Scottish Parliament: Education 22 Mar 2007

    I am sure that there are good points in the SNP amendment but, for reasons that the member will appreciate, I will not be voting for it. My first point is that we are denying our young people ordinary, civilised human contact. We have tried to approach the issue through the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill, which improved as it went through Parliament. I am arguing not about...

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Former Liberal Democrat MSP for Central Scotland, Former Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 14 May 2001 — General election

Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election

Left the Scottish Parliament on 2 April 2007 — Election

Also represented Edinburgh West

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 14 May 2001.

1. Remunerated directorships
Edinburgh Translations Ltd.; a language translation agency in Edinburgh.
Member of the Scottish Parliament (in receipt of one third of standard MSP's salary).
9. Registrable shareholdings
(a) Edinburgh Translations Ltd.

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