Willie Coffey MSP
- MSP for Kilmarnock & Irvine Valley
Willie Coffey is the MSP for Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley. He was first elected to Kilmarnock & Loudoun District Council in 1992 and subsequently to East Ayrshire Council in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
Willie holds an Honours Degree in Computer Science and worked for Learning and Teaching Scotland before coming into parliament.
Willie is the brother of former Provost and Cllr Danny Coffey who came within 1,210 votes of winning Kilmarnock & Loudoun in 2003 and died tragically on the 26th February 2006. Sister, Helen Coffey, held Danny's ward with an increased majority and a 5.6 % swing from Labour.
Willie won the Kilmarnock & Loudoun Scottish Parliament seat for the SNP in 2007 with a vote of 14,297 and a majority of 1,342.
And he held the seat, now Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, in 2011 with a vote of 16,964 and an increased majority of 5,993.
Willie serves on the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations committee; the Local Government committee and is the SNP member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.
He also convenes the Cross Party Group on Digital Participation and co-convenes the CPG on Co-Operatives.