Paul Martin (Scottish Politician)
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Paul Martin Scottish Politician

Paul Martin
Martin in 2011
Scottish Labour Parliamentary Business Manager

November 2009 - 16 December 2014
LeaderIain Gray
Johann Lamont
Cathy Jamieson
James Kelly
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Provan
Glasgow Springburn (1999-2011)

6 May 1999 - 23 March 2016
Constituency established
Ivan McKee
Personal details
Born (1967-03-17) 17 March 1967 (age 53)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Marie McGarvie
Children2 daughters
ParentsMichael Martin
Alma materBarmulloch College

Paul Martin (born 17 March 1967) is a Scottish Labour Party politician, who served as Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow Provan from 2011 until his defeat in 2016, and for Glasgow Springburn from 1999 to 2011.

Early life and education

Paul Martin was born in 1967 in Glasgow, the son of Michael Martin (1945-2018), a sheet metal worker, and Mary Martin (née McLay), an assembly worker.[1][2] His parents had married the previous year.[3] Michael was a member of the Labour Party and would go on to become a Member of Parliament, Speaker of the House of Commons and life peer. Paul was educated at All Saints Roman Catholic Secondary School and Barmulloch College in Glasgow.[4][5]

Political career

At the age of 26, Martin became a Glasgow District Councillor for the Royston ward following a council by-election in December 1993.[6]

Martin was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 1999 as MSP for Glasgow Springburn. He served as parliamentary aide to the Lord Advocate from 2001 to 2007 and to the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice from 2007 to 2009. Following the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, he was appointed as Scottish Labour's spokesperson for community safety,[7] and as parliamentary business manager in November 2009.

In 2016, Martin sought re-election to a fifth term in the Scottish Parliament but lost his seat to the Scottish National Party's Ivan McKee by 4,783 votes.[8] After losing his seat, he took up the role of general manager and collector at the Merchants House of Glasgow.[9]

Personal life

Martin is married to Marie (née McGarvie) and has two daughters.[10]


  1. ^ Hattersley, Roy (21 June 2009). "Interview. Michael Martin: 'It was when they started attacking my wife that I knew I had to go'". The Observer. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Kirkup, James. "Michael Martin could be offered deal to step down and be replaced by his son". Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "John Egan meets Glasgow Springburn MP Michael Martin, Speaker of the House of Commons". Kirkintilloch Herald. 17 September 2003. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "All Saints and winners". Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Personal Information". 16 February 2012. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Royston (Regeneration): 24 Jun 2014: Scottish Parliament debates". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Press Association (18 May 2007). "Former minister returns to join Scottish shadow cabinet". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Glasgow Provan - Scottish Parliament constituency - Election 2016". Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Paul Martin". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Second grandchild for speaker Martin". The Herald. 26 February 2004. Retrieved 2018.

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