Jamie Hepburn

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Jamie Hepburn
Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health
Assumed office
21 November 2014
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Deputy Convener of the
Scottish Parliament
Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
Assumed office
15 June 2011
Preceded by Cathy Peattie (as Deputy Convener of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by Cathie Craigie
Majority 3,459 (13.7%)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland
In office
3 May 2007 – 22 March 2011
Personal details
Born James Douglas Hepburn
(1979-05-21) 21 May 1979 (age 44)
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Julie Hepburn
Residence Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Website http://www.jamiehepburn.net

James Douglas "Jamie" Hepburn (born 21 May 1979, Glasgow) is a Scottish politician who is the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health and has been a Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) since 2007, representing Cumbernauld and Kilsyth since 2007.

He was elected during the 2007 election for the Central Scotland region, having also contested the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth seat at that election, finishing second behind Cathie Craigie. In this election he was one of only two candidates to win more than 40% in the constituency contested and not win the seat, the other being Alasdair Morrison in the Western Isles. He was the second youngest elected member of the Scottish Parliament for the 2007–2011 session after his SNP colleague Aileen Campbell.

Educated at Hyndland Secondary School and the University of Glasgow, Hepburn graduated with a Politics and History degree. Whilst a student, Hepburn ran the unsuccessful campaign for Alasdair Gray to become the Rector of the University of Glasgow and was the Senior Vice-President at the Glasgow University Students' Representative Council, a post once held by his SNP Parliamentary colleague Alasdair Allan. Before his election he was convener of the Federation of Student Nationalists and the Young Scots for Independence, and SNP candidate for the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency at the 2005 general election. He has worked for Alex Neil, a fellow SNP MSP.

Hepburn was a member of the Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs and Environment Committee and a substitute member of the Equal Opportunities Committee until 26 June 2008 when he became a member of the European and External Relations Committee, and a substitute to the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee, before being switched to a substitute member of the Public Petitions Committee. He subsequently was moved to the Public Audit and Equal Opportunities Committees towards the latter part of the third session of the Scottish Parliament. He is now the Deputy Convener of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee. Hepburn also served as the convener of the Cross Party Group on Human Rights and Civil Liberties in the Scottish Parliament's third session.

On 21 November 2014 it was announced that he would be Minister for Sport and Health Improvement.[1] He would be working under Shona Robison as Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport. Hepburn was appointed during Nicola Sturgeon's first cabinet.

It was Hepburn's written question which revealed that projects in Scotland funded by the Private Finance Initiative will cost the taxpayer some £22.3 billion over a 40-year period.

He was one of six SNP MSPs to attend the "Big Blockade" event at the Faslane naval base organised by Faslane 365 on 1 October 2007[2] and has been active in calling for greater transparency about allegations that American government agencies facilitated extraordinary rendition flights through Scottish airports.[3][4] He has also called for any Scottish airport that is being sold by BAA Limited to be brought under public control.[5]

Hepburn has signed up to the People's Charter, a campaigning document prepared by trade unionists as an alternative to neoliberalism [6] and has drawn criticism from some elements of the Scottish media for having tabled a motion on Venezuela.[7]

He was placed third on the SNP list for Central Scotland for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election.[8]

His wife Julie was the SNP candidate for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East at the 2010 general election.

Hepburn is a supporter of Partick Thistle Football Club.


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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by Member of Scottish Parliament for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth

2011 – present

Succeeded by