Stephen Kerr was the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Stirling until the December 2019 General Election. He was born Dundee and brought up and went to school in Forfar, during his school years he was the awarded the prestigious Adam Smith Thomson Virtutis Causa Medal for community service. Stephen served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London and then in 1986 Stephen graduated from the University of Stirling with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Studies. He has held many leadership national and international roles in Kimberly-Clark and left in 2017 when he was elected as Member of Parliament for Stirling. Stephen’s involvement with the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party began in 1976 when he was chairman of the Forfar branch of the Scottish Young Conservatives. Later, he went on to be chair for two others. He was also the Scottish Conservative Westminster parliamentary candidate in Stirling in 2005 and 2015 General Elections increasing the total vote on both occasions before finally gaining the seat in 2017.
Stephen is married with four children and the proud grandparents of ten grandchildren. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in multiple lay positions in the church and was the President of the first-ever Church pageant performed in the United Kingdom in 2013. Stephen believes in making a difference and is now the Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives and Unionist Candidates Board. He would like to see a more diverse pipeline of candidates coming through who have a wide range of skills, reflecting today's Scotland.
Baroness Nosheena Mobarik CBE
The Baroness Mobarik CBE holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Economic and Social History from the University of Strathclyde. She was appointed as a Conservative Member of the House of Lords in 2014. She served as a Government Whip from 2016 – 2017. From September 2017 till January 2020 she took leave of absence to represent Scotland as Conservative Member of the European Parliament sitting in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group. Having taken office in September 2017 she was subsequently re-elected in May 2019 in the European Parliamentary Elections. At the European Parliament she was a Member of the Committees on International Trade, Fisheries, and Culture respectively. In the previous term, she also served on the Sub-Committee on Human Rights and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and spoke on various Human Rights issues. In addition to her parliamentary duties, Nosheena was elected as Chairman of the Commonwealth Forum in September 2019. Despite Britain’s exit from the European Union she has been asked to continue in this role by Members of the European Parliament.
In addition to her parliamentary duties, Nosheena was elected as Chairman of the Commonwealth Forum in September 2019. Despite Britain’s exit from the European Union she has been asked to continue in this role by Members of the European Parliament.
Prior to entering politics, Nosheena had a long career in business, founding M Computer Technologies with her husband in 1997. Nosheena has been active in a number of business, voluntary and charitable organisations over the years including being a former Member of Council of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) in Scotland, serving on council from 2001 – 2011 and then as Chairman between 2011-2013.
Nosheena has had a number of accolades over the years including beings awarded an OBE in 2004, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and awarded a CBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours, for her services to Business and Public Service in Scotland.
Iain Stewart MP
Minister for Scotland
Iain was born in Glasgow in 1972 and grew up in Hamilton, where his parents still live. He went to primary school in Hamilton and then attended Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow. After graduating from Exeter University, he worked as an accountant in Milton Keynes before moving to Edinburgh to become Head of Research at the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party’s HQ. He was also an adviser to the Conservative front bench during the passage of the Scotland Act in 1998.
Iain contested the Rutherglen constituency in the first Scottish Parliamentary elections and has been the MP for Milton Keynes South since 2010. In Parliament, he was a long-standing member of the Transport Select Committee and chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities. He was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to a number of Cabinet Ministers, including the Secretary of State for Scotland during the passage of the 2016 Scotland Act, which significantly increased the powers of the Scottish Parliament.
In 2018 he was appointed as a Government Whip, serving as the Scotland Office Whip, and in June 2020 he was appointed by the Prime Minister to his current role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland.
Douglas Ross MP
Douglas Ross MP is the Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. He has served as the MP for his home constituency of Moray since 2017. Prior to this, he represented the Highlands and Islands region as an MSP from 2016 and as a local Moray councillor for 10 years. He is married to Krystle, a police sergeant in Elgin, and they have a one year old son, Alistair.
In his free time, Douglas is a qualified Football Referee officiating games for the Scottish FA, UEFA and FIFA. Prior to entering politics Douglas was a dairyman and he worked on the same farm as his father near Forres.
Douglas attended Alves Primary and Forres Academy before studying at the Scottish Agricultural College at Auchincruive in Ayr.
Douglas is excited to become a Scottish Conservative friends of BAME ambassador and to work with SCBAME to achieve the aim of making our party more representative of the Scotland that the Scottish Conservatives seek to represent.
David Mundell MP
The Rt Hon David Mundell MP has represented Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale in the UK Parliament since 2005, serving as Secretary of State for Scotland for both David Cameron and Theresa May between 2015 and 2019. Before this he was elected twice as an MSP for the South of Scotland region in the Scottish Parliament. As an MP, Cabinet Minister and MSP David has sought to safe-guard a prosperous future for Scotland within the Union.
To this end, David believes our party has to reach widely. As such he is excited to become a Scottish Conservative friends of BAME ambassador and to work with SCBAME to reach more people and to make our party more representative of Scotland.
Alister Jack MP
The Rt. Hon. Alister Jack is the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway. He was born in Dumfries, and was educated at Dalbeattie Primary School, Crawfordton House, and Glenalmond College.
He started his career with Knight Frank and Rutley in the early 80's before founding Field and Lawn (Marquees) Ltd in 1985. In 1995 he co-founded Aardvark Self Storage which was later sold to Mentmore Abbey Plc in 2002. In 2003 he founded Armadillo Self Storage which was sold to HSBC in 2008. In 2009 he founded Alligator Self Storage and that business was subsequently sold to York Capital, an American Private Equity fund in 2014. Previous directorships include James Gordon (Agricultural Engineers) based in Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Whauphill, Newton Stewart and Castle Kennedy, Stranraer.
Alister farms (dairy) near Dumfries, and grows Christmas Trees near St John's Town of Dalry. Alister is married to Ann, they live north east of Dumfries and have three grown up children, and one grandchild.
Alister is a former Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Dumfries, and former Chairman of the River Annan and District Salmon Fishery Board and the River Annan Trust. He is also a member of the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers.
From 1996 - 1999 Alister was the Scottish Conservative spokesman for Industry and the Economy. In 1997 he fought Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, but came third, being defeated by the Liberal Democrat future Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore. He then became Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party from 1997 - 2001.
In April 2017 Alister was selected as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate to contest the seat of Dumfries and Galloway, and was elected to parliament on 8 June 2017. Alister is a former Member of the Treasury Select Committee, Assistant Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Government Whip).
Alister was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland on 24 July 2019. On the 25th July 2019 he was made a member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. In September 2019 Alister was reselected as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate for Dumfries and Galloway and was successfully re-elected as a Member of Parliament on 12 December 2019.