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Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, 10 August 1976
Wester Hailes Education Centre
Edinburgh University, MA (Hons) Social Policy and Law
Current Position: Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Council of Europe
Westminster Spokesperson for the Scottish Labour Party 2016-2017
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland 2015-2016
Shadow Business Minister for Employee Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs 2011-2013
Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Ivan Lewis MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2010-2011
Vice Chair Backbench DCMS Committee 2010-2011
Committee Membership (former):
Member, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee 2010 -2011
Member, Environmental Audit Committee 2010-2013
All Party Parliamentary Groups:
Member, All-party Parliamentary Space Committee
Member, British American All Parliamentary Group
Member, All-Party Parliamentary BBC Group
Member, All-Party Parliamentary ITV Group
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Journalism
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Football Group
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Events
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Haiti
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equitable Life
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Palestine and the Middle East
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on the United Nations
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Business, Finance and Accountancy
Member, Scottish Labour Party,
Member, Co-operative Party
Member, Fabian Society
Trustee, McCraes Battalion Trust
Trustee, Royal Observatory of Edinburgh
Campaign Manager, Edinburgh Pentlands, General Election May 2001
Member of City of Edinburgh Council, 2003-2010 representing Alnwickhill and then the larger Liberton/Gilmerton Ward.
Elected to Westminster, General Election 6th May 2010.
During his time at school, Ian ran a pizza delivery business before working with the Royal Blind Asylum whilst studying at Edinburgh University. Following his graduation, Ian worked with the WM Company and Scottish Equitable in financial services.
After leaving this line of work, Ian built up a vast amount of experience in the culture and media arena. In 1998, he worked on and then ran Europe’s largest live television art broadcast which ran for 7 summers. This was an exciting project which was unique in utilising internet broadcasting during this time. At the same time he set up an event management business, 100mph Events.
Ian had refurbished a 16th century coaching house in 2005 before co-running a number of bars.
University of Edinburgh 1993-1997
Codfather Fish and Pizza Bar 1990-1995 (part time server and delivery driver)
Royal Blind Home 1994 (kitchen porter)
Meat Hygiene Service 1995-1996 (administrator)
Ministry of Agriculture 1997 (mapper)
WM Company 1997-1998 (administrator)
Scottish Equitable (Aegon) 1998-2000 (financial settlements)
Edinburgh Festival (Festival Revue and World Art) 1998-2004 (Programmer then Director of Operations)
WorldArt.com - 2000-2001 (Director of Operations)
Alba Town Business Centre 2001-2002 (Receptionist)
Festival Revue 2001 Ltd – 2001-2002 (Director of Operations)
100mph Events Ltd – 2001-date (Managing Director)
Roomy Inns LLP – 2005 (Partner)
Alibi Bars LLP – 2005-2010 (Partner)
(Some positions overlapped)
Ian has an interest in the economy, media, energy, green issues and foreign affairs with a particular focus on the Middle East and the US.
During the rare spare time he has, Ian enjoys reading, going to the cinema, inexpertly playing football with the Parliamentary Football Team, going to live music concerts, visiting art galleries and museums and cooking
He has spent most of his recent spare time in Chairing the Foundation of Hearts that is purchasing Heart of Midlothian Football Club to take it into supporter ownership. Ian also sits on the Board of the club as an unremunerated non-executive Director representing the Foundation of Hearts.