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Bob Doris

Bob Doris
Deputy Convener of the
Scottish Parliament
Health and Sport Committee
Assumed office
15 June 2011
Preceded by Ross Finnie
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Personal details
Born (1973-05-11) 11 May 1973 (age 41)
Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK
Political party Scottish National Party

Bob Doris (born 11 May 1973, Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshire) is a Scottish politician. A member of the Scottish National Party (SNP), he was elected to the Scottish Parliament to represent Glasgow (Scottish Parliament electoral region) at the 2007 Scottish Parliament election.[1]

Life and career

Bob Doris was born in Vale of Leven and educated at the University of Glasgow earning a MA in Social Sciences.[2] At the 2007 election Doris contested the Glasgow Maryhill Scottish Parliament constituency, finishing second to Patricia Ferguson, majority 2,300. Prior to the election Doris had acted as campaign manager to Bill Wilson when Wilson challenged John Swinney for the SNP leadership in 2003.

Doris was also convener of the SNP Maryhill Constituency Branch and Glasgow Regional Association SNP (GRA) for a number of years. Before the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary elections Doris was set to be council candidate for the Maryhill/Kelvin ward at the Glasgow City Council elections of 2007. Doris resigned his nomination for the Council seat to avoid the possibility of being elected on a dual mandate.

Since his election, Doris has campaigned successfully on a number of issues including free school meals, kinship care payments and Town Centre Regeneration Fund money for Glasgow. He was a leading campaigner against the Glasgow Labour Council's closure of 20 primary and nursery schools, and supported the parental occupation of Wyndford and St Gregory's primary schools in Maryhill. Doris convenes the Scottish Parliament's cross party group on Racial Equality in Scotland.

In a YouTube video, Doris encouraged anyone of Irish decent to tick 'Irish' as their ethnicity in the 2011 Scottish Census.[3]

In the 2011, Doris was the SNP candidate for the redrawn seat of Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn. He was also placed 3rd on the SNP regional list for Glasgow behind Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf. He was unsuccessful in gaining Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, losing to Labour's Patricia Ferguson, but was returned as one of two Glasgow list SNP MSPs alongside Yousaf.

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