The Scottish Mail on Sunday
A missionary, 2 gay men and a triathlete ...meet Team Ruth
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.