10 Facts About Alasdair Allan


Alasdair James Allan was born on 6 May 1971 in Ashkirk to Christine and John H Allan.

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Alasdair Allan devoted his time and employment to the Scottish National Party in Peterhead, working for Alex Salmond, the former First Minister of Scotland, and he subsequently became assistant to Michael Russell.

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Previous to becoming an MSP, Alasdair Allan was senior media relations officer for the Church of Scotland.

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Alasdair Allan is quadrilingual, and is able to speak: Scottish Gaelic, Norwegian, Scots and English.

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Alasdair Allan was the SNP candidate for Gordon at the 2003 Scottish Parliament election.

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Alasdair Allan was next in line to become a list MSP for North East Scotland when Richard Lochhead resigned to fight the Moray by-election, however he decided instead to devote himself to contesting Na h-Eileanan an Iar, a key Labour–SNP marginal seat in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election.

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Alasdair Allan relocated to Lewis and resigned his post as SNP National Secretary.

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Alasdair Allan is a speaker and strong supporter of Scottish Gaelic and Scots and holds a PhD on the latter.

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Alasdair Allan voted against same-sex marriage in Scotland, saying "the view which so many of my constituents have expressed to me has a right to be recorded" – in contrast to the position of the majority of the SNP government.

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Alasdair Allan wrote a book, Tweed Rins tae the Ocean, in response to claims made by former Conservative MP Rory Stewart that the Anglo-Scottish border was unnatural.

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