Stewart Hosie

Stewart Hosie
SNP Spokesperson on the Economy
Assumed office
20 May 2015
Leader Angus Robertson
Preceded by Position established
Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Leader Angus Robertson
Preceded by Position established
Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party
In office
14 November 2014  13 October 2016
Leader Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded by Nicola Sturgeon
Succeeded by Angus Robertson
Member of Parliament
for Dundee East
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Iain Luke
Majority 19,162 (39.8%)
Personal details
Born (1963-01-03) 3 January 1963
Dundee, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Shona Robison (Separated, May 2016)
Children 1 daughter
Alma mater Abertay University
Website Official website

Stewart Hosie (born 3 January 1963) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Dundee East since the 2005 general election.[1] He was Depute Leader of the SNP from November 2014 to October 2016.[2] He is currently the SNP's Parliamentary Group Deputy Leader and Economy spokesperson.


Born in Dundee, Stewart Hosie was educated at Brackens Primary School, Invertay Primary School Monifieth and Carnoustie High School. He then attended Dundee Institute of Technology where he gained a Higher Diploma in Computer Studies.[3] He worked in IT for 20 years and ran his own business.[4] From 1986–89 he was the SNP's first Youth Convener.[5] From 1999, he spent four years as the Party's National Secretary before being elected as the Organisation Convener in 2003.[6]

Political career

After his election to the House of Commons as the Member for Dundee East in 2005, Hosie was appointed the SNP Spokesperson for Home Affairs and Women, positions which he held until 2007.[7] He was also appointed SNP Spokesperson for the Treasury, a position which he still currently holds.[8] In 2010 he was appointed Deputy Leader and Chief Whip of the SNP Westminster Group.[9] In the Commons, Hosie has become known for his outspoken criticism of the Welfare Reform Act 2012[10] as well as his interest in the Prudential Regulation Authority.[11] He sits on the Commons Treasury Select Committee.[12] Hosie is known for his support and representation of charities, most notably anti-sectarian charity Nil By Mouth,[13] children’s charity the Smart Play Network,[14] and humanitarian organisation Islamic Relief.[15] He is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Friends of the Baha’is.[16]

SNP Depute leadership bid, 2014

Following defeat in the Scottish independence referendum, 2014, Scottish National Party leader and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond announced his resignation as SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland.[17] In the aftermath of his resignation, a leadership bid was launched, and SNP Depute leader Nicola Sturgeon stood down to stand for leader, triggering a Depute leader contest.[18][19]

The results of the election were announced at the SNP's Autumn conference on 14 November 2014, with Hosie polling 42.2%, Keith Brown on 34.2% and Angela Constance on 23.5% in the first round of the single transferable vote election. In the second round, Hosie was elected after getting 55.5% of votes following the elimination of Constance. Turnout was 55% of SNP members.[20]

Electoral history

First standing for the UK Parliament at the 1992 General Election in Kirkcaldy,[21] Hosie went on to stand for both the Westminster and Scottish parliament. He contested Kirkcaldy at the 1997 General Election,[22] and again at the Scottish Parliament general election, 1999.[23] At the 2001 General Election, he contested Dundee East and reduced the incumbent Labour majority,[24] and was eventually elected on 5 May 2005, gaining the seat from Labour.[25] Hosie held the seat with an increased majority at the 2010 general election.[26]

Election Votes – Hosie % Vote – Hosie Elected Candidate % Hosie Majority
1992 General Election[27] 8,761 22.5 Lewis Moonie (LAB)
1997 General Election[28] 8,020 22.9 Lewis Moonie (LAB)
Scottish Parliament general election, 1999[29] 9,170 32.4 Marilyn Livingstone (LAB)
2001 General Election[30] 10,169 31.4 Iain Luke (LAB)
2005 General Election[31] 14,708 37.2 Stewart Hosie (SNP) 1.0
2010 General Election[32] 15,350 37.8 Stewart Hosie (SNP) 4.5
2015 General Election[33] 28,765 59.7 Stewart Hosie (SNP) 39.8

Personal life

Hosie is married to Shona Robison, MSP for Dundee City East (Scottish Parliament constituency) and Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport. The couple have a daughter.[34] They live in the constituency.[35]

In 2012 he suffered from a transient ischaemic attack, and was treated in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.[36] He is a supporter of Dundee United F.C..[37]

In May 2016 Hosie and Robison announced that they had separated.[38] This was followed by reports that Hosie had had an affair with Westminster-based freelance journalist Serena Cowdy.[39] On 22 May Hosie announced his intention not to stand for re-election as Depute Leader, due to "intense scrutiny" by the media of his private life, meaning that his term of office would end at the SNP's annual conference later in the year.[40]


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  2. "Angus Robertson named as SNP deputy leader". BBC News. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  5. "Democracy Live – Your representatives – Stewart Hosie".
  6. "Democracy Live – Your representatives – Stewart Hosie".
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  8. "Stewart Hosie MP". UK Parliament.
  9. "Stewart Hosie MP". UK Parliament.
  10. "Stewart Hosie SNP 'This Bedroom tax only works if the policy fails!'". YouTube.
  12. "Stewart Hosie MP". UK Parliament.
  13. "Stewart Hosie MP". UK Parliament.
  14. "Stewart Hosie MP". UK Parliament.
  15. "Stewart Hosie – Depute Leader of the SNP".
  16. "House of Commons – Register Of All-Party Groups as at 5 December 2013: Bahá'ís".
  17. Severin Carrell. "Alex Salmond resigns as first minister after Scotland rejects independence". the Guardian.
  18. "Scottish referendum: Nicola Sturgeon edges closer to SNP leadership following Alex Salmond's resignation". The Independent.
  19. "BBC News – Scottish ministers 'back Sturgeon as next first minister'". BBC News.
  20. "BBC News – SNP conference: Hosie elected SNP deputy leader". BBC News.
  21. "UK General election results April 9th 1992 [Archive]".
  22. "Kirkcaldy".
  24. "Kirkcaldy".
  25. "UK General election results 2005 [Archive]".
  26. "UK General election results 2010 [Archive]".
  27. "UK General election results 2010 [Archive]".
  28. "Kirkcaldy".
  30. "Kirkcaldy".
  31. "UK General election results 2005 [Archive]".
  32. "UK General election results 2010 [Archive]".
  33. "UK General election results 2015 [Archive]".
  36. "BBC News – SNP MP Stewart Hosie recovering after stroke". BBC News.
  37. "Democracy Live – Your representatives – Stewart Hosie".
  40. "SNP's Stewart Hosie to quit as deputy leader". BBC News. 22 May 2016.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Alasdair Morgan
National Secretary of the Scottish National Party
Succeeded by
Alasdair Allan
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Iain Luke
Member of Parliament
for Dundee East

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