Colin Smyth

Colin Smyth is a Scottish Labour Party politician who has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the South Scotland region since the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[1] He was general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party from 2008 until 2012.

Colin Smyth

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South Scotland
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
6 May 2016
General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party
In office
Preceded byLesley Quinn
Succeeded byBrian Roy (acting)
Personal details
Political partyScottish Labour Party
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow

Political career

Smyth previously worked as a teacher, becoming a Labour party organiser in 2003.[2] In 2008 he was appointed general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, succeeding Lesley Quinn.[3] In September 2012, Scottish Labour announced that Smyth would step down from the position at the party’s conference in the following month.

In 2007, Smyth was elected to Dumfries and Galloway Council, representing the Nith Ward. He was re-elected to this position in 2012.[4] In October 2013, a Labour/SNP coalition was formed on Dumfries and Galloway Council[5] when Smyth was appointed Chair of the Planning, Housing and Environment Committee.

In 2016, Smyth was elected to the Scottish Parliament representing the South Scotland region.[1] He is currently Scottish Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.[6]


  1. "Election 2016: South Scotland. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  2. "Labour unveils new top official". BBC News. 4 February 2008.
  3. "Scottish Labour's Colin Smyth to step down as general secretary". BBC News. 18 September 2012.
  4. "Member and Committee Information". Dumfries and Galloway Council. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  5. "Labour join SNP at council helm". 1 October 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  6. "MSPs". Scottish Labour. Retrieved 18 August 2019.

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