Stewart Maxwell MSP

  • MSP for West Scotland

Biography:

Stewart Maxwell is a member of the Scottish Parliament for the West Scotland region. He was first elected to parliament in 2003 and in 2004 was appointed the SNP spokesperson on Public Health in addition to the Shadow Deputy Minister for Health. In 2006 he was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Sport, Culture & Media and after the 2007 election became the Minister for Communities and Sport in the first ever SNP government. He is currently the Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee and a member of the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee. 

Stewart is also the Scottish Parliament’s representative on the European Union’s Committee of the Regions and in 2012 was elected the Vice President of the European Alliance group.  As part of this work he sits on the ENVE Commission, which assists in the formulation of the European Union’s environmental & energy policy and on the CIVEX Commission which is the committee for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs.  Stewart is also a member of the Bureau of ARLEM which is made up of members of the EU Committee of the Regions, plus members of local authorities and other bodies from the Balkans, North Africa and other areas around the Mediterranean.  He is also an accredited election observer, working in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2012, and the Republic of Macedonia in 2013.

Stewart was the architect of the ban on smoking within enclosed spaces in Scotland. In 2004 he brought forward a Member’s Bill to ban smoking in public places. It was initially opposed by the then Scottish Executive, but the idea received widespread support and led to the Scottish Executive reversing its opposition. The Scottish Executive eventually passed their own bill and the ban came into effect in 2006. This important work led to Stewart being made an Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland in 2006.

Stewart successfully moved an amendment to the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice Bill which doubled the maximum sentence for carrying a knife in public. He has also been involved in on going proposals for the mandatory reporting of knife injuries by victims in order to help identify crime hotspots.

Stewart has been a member of the SNP since 1991 and has been a member of the SNP’s National Executive Committee, a Branch Convenor, a National Office Bearer as well as serving as the Vice Convenor in charge of publicity during 2003-2004. In the SNP West of Scotland regional list for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections Stewart finished third in 2003, and first in the 2007 and 2011 nominations.
Outside of politics, Stewart was born in Glasgow in 1963 and lives in East Renfrewshire with his wife and daughter. He was educated at King’s Park Secondary School, graduated from Glasgow College of Technology with a BA Honours Social Sciences and worked for Strathclyde Fire Brigade from 1993 until 2003.

Stewart is an ambassador for the Girl Guiding movement in East Renfrewshire and has worked to support the aims of the organisation and its dedicated volunteers. He is a keen follower of the Scottish National Rugby team and has an interest in amateur photography and golf.

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