Steven Paterson

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Steven Paterson
Steven Paterson MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Stirling
In office
8 May 2015 – 8 June 2017
Preceded by Anne McGuire
Succeeded by Stephen Kerr
Personal details
Born (1975-04-25) 25 April 1975 (age 43)
Cambusbarron, Scotland, UK
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater Robert Gordon University
University of Stirling

Steven Alexander Paterson (born 25 April 1975) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician and formerly the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stirling between 2015 and 2017.[1][2]

Early life and education

Paterson was born in Stirling Royal Infirmary on 25 April 1975. He is the elder of two children born to Peter Paterson and Janice Paterson (née McGill). His father was an English teacher at St Modan's High School in Stirling as well as a local historian and his mother was a nurse with the local health board.

Paterson was educated at Cambusbarron Primary School and Stirling High School. He then studied Publishing at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and History and Politics at Stirling University where he graduated with Honours.

Political career

In 2006, he was appointed as Media and Communications Manager to the SNP MSP Bruce Crawford. He was elected to Stirling Council in the Stirling Council election, 2007 for the Stirling East ward where he topped the poll with 1,821 first preferences. In the Stirling Council election, 2012 he was re-elected, again topping the poll, with 1,278 first preferences.

In January 2013, Paterson was appointed deputy SNP group leader at Stirling Council.[3]

On 15 January 2015, he was chosen as the SNP candidate to contest Stirling constituency at the general election on 7 May.[4] He came first after receiving 23,783 first preference votes with a 45.6% share of the vote to achieve a 10,480 majority over Labour[5] where their incumbent MP, Anne McGuire, retired.

On 30 June 2015, he announced his intention to stand down as Councillor for the Stirling East ward.[6]

On 1 July 2015, Paterson made his maiden speech in the House of Commons.[7] He was appointed to the SNP Westminster Group’s Defence Team which is led by SNP Defence spokesperson Brendan O’Hara MP.[8]

Paterson was defeated at the 2017 General Election by the Conservative candidate Stephen Kerr who gained the seat by 148 votes.


  1. ^ "List of Members returned to Parliament at the General Election 2015 Scotland". The Edinburgh Gazette. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Stirling parliamentary constituency - Election 2015". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  3. ^ "New SNP leader at Stirling Council - Daily Record". Daily Record. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  4. ^ "SNP name Stirling candidate for General Election". Daily Record. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Stirling parliamentary constituency - Election 2015". BBC News. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Steven Paterson resigns Council role. | City of Stirling SNP". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Steven Paterson's Maiden Speech | City of Stirling SNP". Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Steven Paterson". The SNP. Retrieved 2017-04-11.

External links

  • BBC News Democracy Live
  • Profile on SNP website
  • Public Whip
  • They Work For You
  • Westminster profile
  • Your Next MP
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Anne McGuire
Member of Parliament
for Stirling

Succeeded by
Stephen Kerr
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