- John Mason (Scottish politician)
name = John Mason
honorific-suffix = MP
constituency_MP = Glasgow East
majority = 365 (1.4%)
predecessor = David Marshall
25 July 2008
birth_date = birth year and age|1957
nationality = Scottish
Scottish National Party
John Mason (b. 1957) is the
Member of Parliamentfor Glasgow East, a constituency in Scotland. A member of the Scottish National Party, he won the Glasgow East by-election in July 2008, defeating the Labour Member of the Scottish Parliamentfor the Glasgow Baillieston constituency covering much of the same area, Margaret Curran [ [http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.2409214.0.Labour_concedes_defeat_in_Glasgow_East_byelection.php Labour concedes defeat in Glasgow East by-election] , "The Herald", 25 July 2008] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7522153.stm SNP stuns Labour in Glasgow East] , "BBC News", 25 July 2008] .
He was elected as the councillor for the Garrowhill ward in Glasgow at a by-election in 1998 and was re-elected in 1999 and 2003. He was elected in 2007 as the councillor for the new ward of Baillieston, achieving the highest personal vote of any councillor in Glasgow. He led the SNP Group on the Council between 1999 and 2008 and was the SNP's longest serving Glasgow Councillor. As promised during the by-election, he resigned his council seat immediately after his election as MP.
Originally from Rutherglen, he has lived in the East End of Glasgow for 18 years. He is a qualified
accountant, having previously worked for housing associations, nursing homes, and with a charity in London. He also spent 3 years in Nepal with an NGO representing churches from all over the world. Mason is opposed to abortion[ [http://news.scotsman.com/scottishnationalparty/Glasgow-East-byelection-Abortion-and.4305158.jp Abortion and embryo controversies back in spotlight for final days of campaign] , "The Scotsman", 19 July 2008] .
Mason is a supporter of
Scottish First Divisionfootball team Clyde [ [http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/en/YourCouncil/Council_Committees/Councillors/CouncillorsBiography/bio48.htm Councillor John Mason - Biography] , "Glasgow City Council", 25 July 2008] and his other interests include involvement in Easterhouse Baptist Church, hill-walking and camping.
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