Elizabeth Smith MSP

Liz Smith was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2007 as one of three Regional Conservative Members for Mid Scotland and Fife and she was re-elected in 2011 and 2016. Since being elected, she has held responsibility within the party for Education and Lifelong Learning; in particular, leading the national debate about how to raise standards in our schools, how to reform school management, and how to put higher education on a sustainable footing for the future.

 

She is a member of the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee, is Chairman of the Cross Party Committee on Colleges and Universities and is also a member of the Cross Party Sports Committee at Holyrood as a result of her strong commitment to outdoor education and to developing more extra-curricular activities for all young people.

 

Liz lives at Madderty in South Perthshire. She was educated at George Watson’s College and holds an Honours Degree in Economics and Politics and a Diploma in Education from the University of Edinburgh.

 

She returned to George Watson’s College in 1983 to teach Economics and Modern Studies and in 1992 became a Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge whilst she undertook some academic research in politics. In 1998 she left teaching to work as Political Advisor to Sir Malcolm Rifkind and between autumn 2001 and autumn 2003 she was Head of the Chairman’s Office in Scottish Conservative Central Office.

 

Outside politics, Liz is a keen sportswoman with particular interest in cricket and hill-walking. She won seven caps with the Scottish Ladies’ Cricket XI  and is an official Munroist on account of her completing all of the 283 peaks in Scotland over 3,000ft. She has also taken part in several mountaineering expeditions to the Alps and Himalayas.

 

Liz’s other interests include travel, photography, listening to classical music and cooking and writing (joint author of “Outdoor Adventures” published in October 2003 and the history of George Watson’s Ladies’ College published in autumn 2006).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See Also

Murdo Fraser MSP

Murdo Fraser was born in Inverness and studied law at Aberdeen University. In the 1999 Scottish Parliament Election, Murdo stood as the Conservative candidate for North Tayside, and fought the constituency again at the 2001 General Election. He became a Member of the Scottish Parliament in August 2001 following the resignation of the previous List Member for Mid-Scotland and Fife, and was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2016. Murdo was Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives from November 2005 to November 2011, and is now the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance. In the last session of Parliament he was Convenor of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Dean Lockhart MSP

Dean was elected to the Scottish Parliament on 5th May 2016, becoming an MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife. After being elected he was appointed the role of Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work and is also a member of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee. 

Alexander Stewart MBE MSP

Alexander represents the Perth City South Ward and has been a Councillor on Perth and Kinross Council since 1999. Alexander is Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative Group of Councillors. He is  also Convenor of the Scruting Committee.Committee's which Alexander currently sits on are:Lifelong Learning CommitteeProperty Sub-CommitteeProvosts Sub-CommitteeStrategic Policy and Resources CommitteeCommon Good Fund Committee (Perth)Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee