Maurice Charles Golden (born 12 January 1980) is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist politician who is Member of Scottish Parliament for the West Scotland region, elected in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. In the Scottish Parliament, Golden is the Chief Whip and Business Manager, and Spokesperson for the Low Carbon Economy for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
|Member of the Scottish Parliament|
for West Scotland
|Assumed office |
6 May 2016
|Born||12 January 1980|
|Political party||Scottish Conservative Party|
|Alma mater||University of Dundee|
Early life and education
Golden attended Gowriehill Primary School, the High School of Dundee and the University of Dundee from 1997 until 2001, and graduated with an MA (Honours) degree in Economics before going on to complete an MPhil in urban and cultural history and an LLM in Environmental Law. In 2010, Golden received qualification from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management. In 2016, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Golden has experience in the waste and energy sectors, previously working for Ofgem and Consumer Focus as well as with Local Authorities advising on kerbside collections. He led the Circular Economy Programme for Zero Waste Scotland after 2011.
Golden has been a member of the Conservative Party since 1998. Golden stood for the Local Authority Elections in Dundee in Sidlaw West in 2002. He worked as a Campaign Manager for Douglas Taylor in the Perth and North Perthshire constituency in 2005. He stood for the Scottish Parliament in 2007 as the Conservative candidate for Central Fife. He was selected as the Conservative Party candidate in the Glenrothes by-election for the Westminster Parliament in 2008, securing third place as Labour retained the seat. Two years later Golden secured second place in Central Ayrshire with 8,934 votes after standing in the 2010 UK General Election. In 2011, Golden stood for election to the Scottish Parliament in the Cunninghame North constituency.
In 2016, Golden stood for the Scottish Parliament as the Conservative candidate for Clydebank and Milngavie where he trebled the vote although came third, then was elected from the West Scotland regional list. Golden is the Chief Whip and Business Manager, and Spokesperson for the Low Carbon Economy for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
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- "UK Parliament Results 2010 | South Ayrshire Council". South Ayrshire Council. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
- "Election 2016: West Scotland. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
- "Membership". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 June 2016.