Kenneth Gibson (Scottish politician)

Kenneth Gibson
Convener of the Scottish Parliament
Finance Committee
Assumed office
15 June 2011
Preceded by Andrew Welsh
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Cunninghame North
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Preceded by Allan Wilson
Majority 6117 (20.7%)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
In office
6 May 1999  31 March 2003
Personal details
Born (1961-09-08) 8 September 1961
Paisley, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Patricia Gibson MP
Alma mater University of Stirling

Kenneth 'Kenny' James Gibson (born 8 September 1961 in Paisley) is a Scottish National Party politician and Member of the Scottish Parliament for Cunninghame North.


Gibson served as an SNP councillor in Glasgow for Mosspark from 1992 to 1999, becoming the first ever SNP councillor in the city to serve successive terms. In his second term he secured the biggest majority of Scotland's 1,245 councillors. He was then the sole SNP councillor in Glasgow. Following the defection of three Labour councillors and a by-election win, Kenneth became Leader of the Opposition on Glasgow City Council from January 1998 until being replaced on Glasgow City Council by his mother Iris in the election of 1999.

Within the SNP, Gibson was a Shadow Cabinet front bencher from 1997 to 2003. As SNP Local Government Convenor from 1997 to 1999, Gibson was responsible for writing and producing the SNP manifesto and co-ordinating the parties campaign for the 1999 local government elections.

Gibson was first elected to the Scottish Parliament at the 1999 Scottish Parliament election as a list member for Glasgow electoral region.[1] In Parliament he served on many cross party group, and raised many issues for the first time, such as Scotland's population decline, lack of Olympic representation, and high levels of suicide. Gibson instigated work on a Regulation of Smoking Bill, however no bill was ever produced during Gibson's time at Holyrood but in 2004, the Scottish Executive were forced to concede support for a smoking ban which was implemented in 2006.

Despite the above efforts, Gibson failed to win re-election in 2003.

In 2004, Gibson was 3rd on the SNP's list for election to the European Parliament. In 2007, Gibson was chosen to contest the constituency of Cunninghame North, winning that seat from Labour by the smallest margin in Scotland of 48 votes. In the subsequent 2011 SNP landslide election, Gibson secured a comfortable majority of 6,117 over Allan Wilson, the same Labour candidate, and former Scottish Minister, he had defeated by so slight a margin in 2007.[2]

In addition to his constituency activities, Gibson is also the Convener of the Finance Committee in the Scottish Parliament and has brought attention to enhanced financial powers in the Scotland Act 2012.[3]


  1. "Previous MSPs: Session 1 (1999-2003): Ken Gibson". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  3. Gibson, Kenneth, "Implementing the Financial Powers in the Scotland Act 2012", Scottish Parliamentary Review, Vol. I, No. 2 (Jan, 2014) [Edinburgh: Blacket Avenue Press]
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Allan Wilson
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Cunninghame North
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