Hello. My name is Gordon Lindhurst, your candidate for Edinburgh Pentlands in the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, and a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Lothian Region from 2016 to 2021.
Let me tell you a little about my background. I practised as an advocate throughout Scotland from 1995 and became non-practising to allow me to focus on my MSP role once I was elected in 2016. Whilst an advocate, I was an elected member of the Faculty Council in Edinburgh for a three-year term, as well as being an approved trainer for advocates in training. My legal studies began at university in Edinburgh, followed by Glasgow and Heidelberg universities. For admission to the latter, I learned to speak German fluently. In my spare time I enjoy a range of activities from hillwalking Munros, playing the pipe organ, cycling and cabinet making.
Edinburgh has been home to me for many years and I have campaigned for the Conservative Party across the Lothian region for two decades, standing in Linlithgow, Livingston, Edinburgh West, Edinburgh Southwest and Edinburgh Pentlands in both UK and Scottish elections. I am therefore well versed in the issues that the people of Lothian care about and I felt truly privileged to represent such an important region in Scotland in terms of its history, culture and the strength of its economy.
I was delighted to serve as the Convener of the Economy Energy and Fair Work Committee of the Scottish Parliament over the past five years. In spite of COVID-19, Scotland's economy is an attractive one in which to invest, but our Government can do more to ensure that we are keeping up with other parts of the UK. It was the job of my committee to scrutinise what the SNP government is doing to meet this ambition, and holding them to account.
I was also Shadow Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills for the party. If you have any questions about any of these areas, feel free to contact me.
During this five-year session, I worked hard for the people of Lothian. I would be honoured to have the opportunity to do that for you again, as your constituency MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands.
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