Kevin Stewart (Scottish politician)

Kevin Stewart
Minister for Local Government and Housing
Assumed office
18 May 2016
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded by Marco Biagi (politician) (Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment) , Margaret Burgess (Minister for Housing and Welfare)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Aberdeen Central
Assumed office
6 May 2011
Preceded by Lewis Macdonald
Majority 4,349 (16.3%)
Personal details
Born 3 June 1968
Aberdeen, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater University of Aberdeen

Kevin Morrice Stewart is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who is the Minister for Local Government and Housing. He has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Aberdeen Central constituency since the 2011 election.

Political career

Stewart served as a local councillor for thirteen years and served as Depute Leader of Aberdeen City Council. As a councillor, he chaired the Finance and Resources Committee and the North East of Scotland's Regional Transport Partnership, NESTRANS. He also served as the chair of the 3Rs Board.[1]

In the 2011 election he was elected to represent Aberdeen Central.

Stewart was the convener of the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Regeneration Committee, where he oversaw scrutiny of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Stewart was also a member of the Welfare Reform Committee and also sat on the Justice Sub-committee on Policing. He was also involved in the Cross-Party Groups on Oil & Gas, Scots language, Nuclear Disarmament, Malawi and Tibet. He also acted as Parliamentary Liaison Officer to Nicola Sturgeon from November 2014 until the dissolution of parliament in March 2016.

Stewart has lodged a number of motions in parliament in support of Votes at 16.

Stewart made a speech in favour of same sex marriage on the 20th of November 2013 at the Scottish Parliament Stage 1 Debate on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill,[2] in which he spoke about his experience of coming out as gay.[3][4]

He stood again in 2016 and was re-elected with an increased majority.[5] He was later appointed as Minister for Local Government and Housing when Nicola Sturgeon announced her government on 18 May 2016.


  1. "New city primary welcomes pupils". BBC News. 20 August 2009.
  2. "Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill". Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  3. Report, Official. "Official Report". Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  4. "Scottish parliament welcomes LGBTI marriage date". KaleidoScot. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  5. "Scotland Election 2016: Aberdeen Central. Scottish Parliament Constituency". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Lewis Macdonald
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeen Central
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