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Who Will Represent Scotland's Workers

Monday, May 4, 2015

GMB Scotland Asks Who Will Represent Scotland's Workers When Over 90% Of SNP General Election Candidates, MSPs And MEPs Are Drawn From The Top 3 Occupational Groupings

How does it help to replace a former shop floor worker and union representative Jim Sheridan in Paisley with a senior executive from Mc Donalds or to replace former union officer Tom Greatrex in Rutherglen and Hamilton West with a senior manager with a blue chip firm asks GMB Scotland.

GMB Scotland has carried out an analysis of occupational background of SNP candidates in general election, MSPs and MEPs and assigned them into the 9 major occupational groups set out Standard Occupational Classification 2010. See notes to editors for the details.

From published information GMB was able to assign 122 out of the total 125. The summary position is as follows: 

Manager, Directors and Senior Official

33

27.0%

Professional

55

45.1%

Associate Professional & Technical

22

18.0%

Administrative and Secretarial

9

7.4%

Caring, Leisure and other Service Occupations

1

0.8%

Student

2

1.6%

 

122

100.0%

Managers, Professional, Associate Prof and Tech

110

90.2%

Others

12

9.8%

Mick Dooley, GMB officer and a blacklisted construction worker from Glasgow, said "Who will represent Scotland's workers if over 90% of their elected members in the Westminster, Edinburgh and Brussels Parliaments were to be drawn from the top three occupational groups after the general election on Thursday?  Not a single person is from the shop floor.

How does it help the replace a former shop floor worker and union representative Jim Sheridan in Paisley with a senior executive from Mc Donalds restaurant chain? How does it help the replace former union officer Tom Greatrex in Rutherglen and Hamilton West with a senior manager with a blue chip firm? 

Ian Davidson chaired the Scottish Affairs Committee in Westminster that was crucial in exposing the blacklisting of 3,213 workers by construction firms. I am one of the 582 of these workers that are from Scotland. Who will take over the job of getting justice and compensation for these workers if he is not returned in Glasgow South West?

GMB Scotland has consistently said that things begin to go wrong politically when elected politicians are not properly representative of all groups in the workforce and in society. 

GMB Scotland call on voters on Thursday to return politicians that do represent all sections of the workforce and of society. The SNP candidates cannot claim to be representative of all Scotland's workers."

End 

Contact: Mick Dooley 07720 514 307 Richard Leonard 07703 465 447 or Harry Donaldson 07885 465726 or Gary Smith 07710 618909 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

GMB analysis of occupational background of SNP candidates in general election, MSPs and MEP assigned to each of the 9 major occupational groups according to Standard Occupational Classification 2010.

Westminster

candidates

Constituency

Soc major group

Current / previous occupations

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh

Ochil & South Perthshire

Professional

businesswoman, lawyer, screen actress

Richard Arkless

Dumfries & Galloway

Professional

small online business owner

Hannah Bardell

Livingston

Associate Professional

& Technical

Assistant Producer

Mhairi Black

Paisley &

Renfrewshire South

Student

 

Ian Blackford

Ross, Skye & Lochaber

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

consultancy business

Kirsty Blackman

Aberdeen North

Administrative

and Secretarial

 

Phil Boswell

Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill

Professional

quantity surveyor and

contracts engineer in the oil industry

Deidre Brock

Edinburgh North & Leith

Administrative and Secretarial

 

Alan Brown

Kilmarnock & Loudoun

Professional

Engineer

Lisa Cameron

East Kilbride, Strathaven

& Lesmahagow

Professional

NHS Consultant

Douglas Chapman

Dunfermline & West Fife

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Personnel Management

Joanna Cherry

Edinburgh South West

Professional

QC

Ronnie Cowan

Inverclyde

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Own IT Company

Angela Crawley

Lanark & Hamilton East

Student

Law degree

Martyn Day

Linlithgow & East Falkirk

Associate Professional

& Technical

Community campaigner

Martin Docherty

West Dunbartonshire

Associate Professional

& Technical

Policy Adviser,

West Dunbartonshire

Community and Volunteering

Services

Stuart Donaldson

West Aberdeenshire

& Kincardine

Associate Professional

& Technical

Works for a Member

of the Scottish Parliament

in Aberdeenshire

Marion Fellows

Motherwell & Wishaw

Professional

FE Teacher

Margaret Ferrier

Rutherglen &

Hamilton West

Associate Professional

& Technical

Manager in Commercial Sales

Stephen Gethins

North East Fife

Associate Professional

& Technical

Worked across the political

and NGO sectors

Patricia Gibson

North Ayrshire & Arran

Professional

Teacher

Patrick Grady

Glasgow North

Associate Professional

& Technical

SNP National Secretary

Peter Grant

Glenrothes

Professional

Accountant

Neil Gray

Airdrie & Shotts

Professional

SNP’s press

and research office

Emma Harper

Dumfriesshire,

Clydesdale & Tweeddale

Professional

Nurse

Neil Hay

Edinburgh South

Associate Professional &

Technical

Business owner,

Alba wholesale;

Volunteering coordinator

Drew Hendry

Inverness, Nairn,

Badenoch & Strathspey

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Leader of the Highland Council

Stewart Hosie

Dundee East

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

MP

George Kerevan

East Lothian

Professional

journalist, economist and

documentary film-maker

Calum Kerr

Berwickshire, Roxburgh

& Selkirk County

Professional

works for a telecommunications company

Chris Law

Dundee West

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Businessman in the financial sector

Angus MacNeil

Na H-Eileanan An Iar

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

MP

Callum McCaig

Aberdeen South

Administrative and

Secretarial

worked as a parliamentary

assistant to Maureen Watt MSP

Stewart McDonald

Glasgow South

Associate Professional

& Technical

caseworker for

James Dornan MSP

Stuart McDonald

Cumbernauld, Kilsyth

& Kirkintilloch East

Professional

Works for a Glasgow

based anti-racism charity

Natalie McGarry

Glasgow East

Associate Professional

& Technical

works for a charity

Anne McLaughlin

Glasgow North East

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

MSP 2009-2011

John McNally

Falkirk

Caring, Leisure

and other Service Occupations

Barber

Paul Monaghan

Caithness, Sutherland

& Easter Ross

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Director of Highland

Homeless Trust

Carol Monaghan

Glasgow North West

Professional

Teacher / Lecturer

Roger Mullin

Kirkcaldy &

Cowdenbeath

Professional

Honorary Professor

Gavin Newlands

Paisley &

Renfrewshire North

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Business manager

John Nicolson

East Dunbartonshire

Associate Professional

& Technical

TV Presenter

Brendan O'Hara

Argyll & Bute

Associate Professional

& Technical

TV Producer

Kirsten Oswald

East Renfrewshire

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Human Resources

professional

Steven Paterson

Stirling

Professional

press and media

relations and tourism

Angus Robertson

Moray

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

MP

Alex Salmond

Gordon

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

MSP for

Aberdeenshire East

Tommy Sheppard

Edinburgh East

Professional

Stand Comedy Club

Danus Skene

Orkney & Shetland

Professional

Runs a charity and

involved in family farming

business

Chris Stephens

Glasgow South West

 

Employed by Glasgow City Council

Alison Thewliss

Glasgow Central

Administrative

and Secretarial

Bill Kidd MSP -

Parliamentary Assistant

Owen Thompson

Midlothian

Professional

Leader of Midlothian

Council in 2013; researcher

to Clare Adamson MSP

Michelle Thomson

Edinburgh West

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Small business owner

in property;  Managing

Director of Business for Scotland

Mike Weir

Angus

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

MP

Dr Eilidh Whiteford

Banff & Buchan

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

MP

Philippa Whitford

Central Ayrshire

Professional

Consultant Breast

Cancer Surgeon

Corri Wilson

Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Own event management

and business support company

Pete Wishart

Perth & North Perthshire

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

MP

       

MSPs

     

George Adam

Paisley

Associate Professional

& Technical

Corporate Sales Manager

Clare Adamson

Central Scotland

Associate Professional

& Technical

Information Technology

Alasdair Allan

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Professional

Media Relations

Christian Allard

North East Scotland

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Transport and logistics

Colin Beattie

Midlothian North & Musselburgh

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Finance

Marco Biagi

Edinburgh Central

Associate Professional

& Technical

Policy Advisor

Chic Brodie

South Scotland

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Company director

Keith Brown

Clackmannanshire

& Dunblane

Associate Professional

& Technical

Civic Officer;

ex- Royal Marine

Margaret Burgess

Cunninghame South

Administrative

and Secretarial

Manager

Aileen Campbell

Clydesdale

Professional

Editor

Rod Campbell

North East Fife

Professional

Solicitor

Willie Coffey

Kilmarnock & Irvine Valley

Professional

Software Developer

Angela Constance

Almond Valley

Professional

Social worker

Bruce Crawford

Stirling

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

HR Manager

for Scottish Office

Roseanna Cunningham

Perthshire South

& Kinross-Shire

Professional

Solicitor / MP

Graeme Dey

Angus South

Professional

Journalist

Nigel Don

Angus North & Mearns

Professional

Chemical Engineer

Bob Doris

Glasgow

Professional

SNP organiser / Teacher

James Dornan

Glasgow Cathcart

Professional

Researcher

Jim Eadie

Edinburgh Southern

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Director

Fergus Ewing

Inverness & Nairn

Professional

Solicitor

Annabelle Ewing

Mid Scotland & Fife

Professional

Solicitor

Linda Fabiani

East Kilbride

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Director

Joe Fitzpatrick

Dundee City West

Administrative

and Secretarial

MSP / MP assistant

Kenneth Gibson

Cunninghame North

   

Rob Gibson

Caithness Sutherland & Ross

Professional

Teacher

Christine Grahame

Midlothian South Tweeddale

& Lauderdale

Professional

Teacher / Solicitor

Jamie Hepburn

Cumbernauld & Kilsyth

Administrative

and Secretarial

Data Processor

Fiona Hyslop

Linlithgow

Associate Professional

& Technical

Manager

Adam Ingram

Carrick Cumnock

& Doon Valley

Professional

Economic Development

consultant

Colin Keir

Edinburgh Western

Associate Professional

& Technical

Sales and management

Bill Kidd

Glasgow Anniesland

   

Richard Lochhead

Moray

Associate Professional

& Technical

Office Manager

Richard Lyle

Central Scotland

Administrative

and Secretarial

Self employed financial

assistant

Kenny MacAskill

Edinburgh Eastern

Professional

Solicitor

Angus MacDonald

Falkirk East

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Farming

Gordon MacDonald

Edinburgh Pentlands

Professional

Accountant

Derek Mackay

Renfrewshire North & West

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Council Leader

Mike Mackenzie

Highlands & Islands

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Director

John Mason

Glasgow Shettleston

Professional

Accountant

Michael Matheson

Falkirk West

Professional

Occupational Therapist

Stewart Maxwell

West Scotland

Professional

Project Manager

Joan McAlpine

South Scotland

Professional

Journalist

Mark McDonald

Aberdeen Donside

Professional

Researcher

Christina McKelvie

Hamilton Larkhall

& Stonehouse

Professional

Learning

and Development Officer

Aileen McLeod

South Scotland

Professional

Head of Policy

Fiona McLeod

Strathkelvin & Bearsden

Professional

Librarian

Stuart McMillan

West Scotland

Administrative

and Secretarial

Office Manager

Alex Neil

Airdrie & Shotts

Professional

Economic consultant

Gil Paterson

Clydebank & Milngavie

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Owner of a garage business

Dennis Robertson

Aberdeenshire West

Associate Professional

& Technical

Client Service Manager

Shona Robison

Dundee City East

Professional

Social Work

Michael Russell

Argyll & Bute

Associate Professional

& Technical

Author, commentator

and broadcaster

Alex Salmond

Aberdeenshire East

Professional

Economist

Stewart Stevenson

Banffshire & Buchan Coast

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Director of Technology Innovation

Kevin Stewart

Aberdeen Central

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Depute Leader of Aberdeen

City Council, councillor for 11 years

Nicola Sturgeon

Glasgow Southside

Professional

Solicitor

John Swinney

Perthshire North

Professional

Strategic Planning Principal

Dave Thompson

Skye Lochaber & Badenoch

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Director of Protective Services

David Torrance

Kirkcaldy

Associate Professional

& Technical

Engineer / Researcher to

Christopher Harvie MSP

Maureen Watt

Aberdeen South &

North Kincardine

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Personnel Manager

Paul Wheelhouse

South Scotland

Professional

Economist

Sandra White

Glasgow Kelvin

Professional

Press Officer

Humza Yousaf

Glasgow

Professional

Parliamentary Researcher

       

MEPs

     

Ian Hudghton

Scotland

Manager, Directors

and Senior Official

Decorating business

Alyn Smith

Scotland

Professional

Lawyer

 

 

 
   
     
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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