Pete Wishart (1962 – )

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Born: 9 March 1962 – Dunfermline, Fife

Educated at Queen Anne High School Dunfermline and Moray House College, Edinburgh Pete trained as a Community Worker and was a Director of the Fast Forward charity that promotes healthy lifestyles for young people. He was also a member of the Scotland Against Drugs Campaign Committee and has contributed to many national forums looking at the problem of drugs within Scottish society.

In his youth he was a successful rock musician and a member of the internationally famous group Runrig for 15 years. However, he became only the second ever Wishart in the UK to become a Member of Parliament when he was first elected to the House of Commons at the 2001 general election, representing the Scottish National Party. Since arriving at Westminster, he has served as the SNP’s Chief Whip, in which role he has pressed the government for greater parliamentary rights, such as better representation on committees, for both the SNP and other minority parties. He has also campaigned for copyright term extension. Pete lives in Perth and has one son and enjoys walking in the Perthshire hills.

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