The Scottish Mail on Sunday

A mis­sion­ary, 2 gay men and a triath­lete ...meet Team Ruth

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1 BILL GRANT is the newly elected 65-year old MP for Ayr, Car­rick and Cum­nock. He was first elected as a coun­cil­lor in South Ayr­shire Coun­cil in 2007 and then again in 2012. The son of a miner, he was a fire­fighter for 31 years. He is a mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­ast and rides a 650cc Yamaha. 2 AN­DREW BOWIE, the new MP for Aberdeen­shire West and Kin­car­dine, is a for­mer of­fi­cer in the Royal Navy. The 30-year-old was pre­vi­ously a ru­ral af­fairs pol­icy ad­viser at the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and a re­gional cam­paign man­ager, and is highly sup­port­ive of the oil and gas in­dus­try. 3 COLIN CLARK, a busi­ness­man and farmer, ousted for­mer First Min­is­ter Alex Sal­mond to claim his seat in the Gor­don con­stituency. The 49-year-old bought into a fresh pro­duce busi­ness aged 24 and to­day tends his fam­ily farm in Huntly, Aberdeen­shire. 4 LUKE GRA­HAM, a 32-year-old for­mer ac­coun­tant, ousted the SNP’s Tas­mina Ahmed-Sheikh to win the Ochil and South Perthshire seat. His main fo­cus is on trans­port links, broad­band and re­gen­er­at­ing town and vil­lage cen­tres. KIRSTENE HAIR 5 was elected as the new MP in An­gus, re­plac­ing Na­tion­al­ist MP Mike Weir who held the seat for 16 years. She is a 27- year-old lo­cal farmer’s daugh­ter turned events man­ager. 6 JOHN LA­MONT, pic­tured below left, who was an MSP for ten years, be­came the MP for Ber­wick­shire, Roxburgh and Selkirk. The 41-year-old was the first UK politi­cian to com­plete an Iron­man Triathlon, and has com­peted in marathons in New York and Ed­in­burgh. 7 ALISTER JACK, the new MP for Dumfries and Gal­loway, is a multi-mil­lion­aire busi­ness­man and lo­cal farmer with 1,200 acres near Locker­bie. The 53-year-old made his £20 mil­lion for­tune through a ‘self­s­tor­age’ busi­ness and en­joys fish­ing and shoot­ing. 8 DOU­GLAS ROSS, the new MP for Mo­ray, is a ref­eree with the Scot­tish Se­nior Foot­ball Ref­er­ees As­so­ci­a­tion. The 34-year-old politi­cian, pre­vi­ously a list MSP for the High­lands and Is­lands and also as a coun­cil­lor with Mo­ray Coun­cil, de­posed SNP deputy leader An­gus Robert­son. Out­side of pol­i­tics Mr Ross ref­er­ees na­tional and in­ter­na­tional foot­ball games, and in Novem­ber he over­saw a Sport­ing Lis­bon vs Real Madrid Cham­pi­ons League match. 9 RUTH DAVID­SON, leader of the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives. 10 PAUL MASTER­TON took the seat from the SNP’s Kirsten Oswald in the fiercely con­tested Ren­frew­shire East area. He stud­ied law at the Univer­sity of Dundee and works as a so­lic­i­tor in Glas­gow, where he spe­cialises in pensions law. 11 DAVID MUNDELL, for many years the only Tory MP north of the Bor­der, held on to his seat in Dum­friesshire, Cly­des­dale and Tweed­dale. The 55-year-old Sec­re­tary of State was the first openly gay Cab­i­net Min­is­ter from the Con­ser­va­tive Party when he came out in Jan­uary 2016. His son, Oliver Mundell, is an MSP. 12 ROSS THOMP­SON won Aberdeen South. He was a strong sup­porter of the Leave cam­paign in the EU ref­er­en­dum. His em­ploy­ment his­tory in­cludes work­ing for Deben­hams and the Bank of Scot­land. The gay 29-year-old is in a civil part­ner­ship with his boyfriend Dou­glas. 13 RACHAEL HAMIL­TON be­came the new MSP for Et­trick, Roxburgh and Ber­wick­shire on Thurs­day af­ter a Holy­rood elec­tion was trig­gered when sit­ting MSP John La­mont stood down to cam­paign for West­min­ster. She owns the Buc­cleuch Arms Ho­tel in St Boswells near Mel­rose. 14 STEPHEN KERR, the new MP for Stir­ling, is a sales op­er­a­tion leader for Kim­ber­ley-Clark. The 57-year-old is said to be pro­foundly in­flu­enced by his faith and for two years was a mis­sion­ary for The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints in Lon­don. 15 DAVID DUGUID, 46, MP for Banff and Buchan, grew up on a farm on the River Deveron. He speaks Span­ish and Rus­sian and has worked as an oil in­dus­try chemist and en­gi­neer.

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