Rob Gibson MSP, Highlands & Islands (SNP)

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Gender MALE
Industry Government
Occupation Member of the Scottish Parliament
Location Evanton, Scotland
Introduction I was elected Highlands & Islands MSP in 2003. I am a member of the Parliament's Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee as well as the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. I am also a historian, musician, author and traditional music festival organiser. Scots, Gaelic and the Traditional Arts are core interests as are nuclear disarmament, affordable housing and saving consultant led services in the NHS. I was born and educated in Glasgow, and attended Dundee University and Education College. As a former Modern Studies teacher much of my professional life was spent teaching at the Invergordon and Alness Academies as the Principal Teacher of Guidance. Since early retirement, or early ‘relifement’ as I like to call it, I have developed my historical training and skills by writing the book Plaids and Bandanas. I have been a long time SNP activist and was a former District Councillor in Ross and Cromarty. I joined the SNP in 1966, was FSN President from 1970-1973 and have been a member of the SNP's National Council, Executive, and Cabinet.
Interests Political interests: cultural issues, climate change, Highlands & Islands developments such as renewable energy, sustainable food production and viable communities, and European collaborations on cross-cultural issues. I'm a singer of comtemporary traditional music (eclectic), writer of several books such as Plaids and Bandanas 2003, enjoy country walks and my organic garden. (See my interests on the Parliament register as well).
Favorite Music Scots traditional music and many others such as Breton music, Western music (as opposed to country), bluegrass etc. Some rock and classical. Here's a top eleven for today: Julie Fowlis - Biodh an Deoch Seo ‘n Làimh Mo Rùin; Kathleen MacInnes - Jimmy Mo Mhile Stor; Dougie MacLean - This Love Will Carry; Jim Hunter - Love on the Line; Rolling Stone - Country Honk; Kathie Mattea and Tim O'Brien - The Waggoner's Lad; Emily Smith - Strong Winds for Autumn; Warren Zevon - Mohomed's Radio; Emy Loo Harris - Boulder to Birmingham; Giles Servat - Leaving Groix; Gabriel Yacoub - Je Resterai Ici.
Favorite Books Scottish history, land issues, novels such as those by Andrew Greig, Isabal Allende, Arturo Perez Reverte, Kevin MacNeil, Scottish poetry such as the complete works of Sorley MacLean, and so much more...