Campbell Martin

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Campbell Martin

Campbell Martin
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for West of Scotland
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
In office
1 May 2003 – 2 April 2007
Personal details
Born (1960-03-10) 10 March 1960 (age 61)
Political partyScottish National Party
Other political
affiliations
Independent (July 2004 – April 2007)

Campbell Martin (born 10 March 1960) is a Scottish journalist and politician.

At the 2003 Scottish Parliament election, he was elected on the Scottish National Party (SNP) list as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the West of Scotland. He was expelled from the SNP in 2004, and sat as an independent MSP until the 2007 election, when he was defeated.

Political career[edit]

Martin previously worked for Kay Ullrich, a SNP MSP. When she indicated she would stand down at the 2003 election, Martin was selected to be the candidate for Cunninghame North as well as being placed at the top of the SNP's list.[1] At the election he was unsuccessful in the constituency vote,[2] however was elected as a regional member for the West of Scotland.[3]

He was a prominent backer of Dr Bill Wilson who stood against John Swinney in the SNP leadership contest in 2003.[4] He has been critical of the direction of the SNP since becoming an MSP, believing they are being dragged into the political centre away from their traditional left-of-centre position. He also believes the party is not vociferous enough in its advocation of Scottish independence.

He was suspended from the Scottish National Party on 25 April 2004 after making repeated public criticism of John Swinney,[5] and was expelled from the SNP on 10 July 2004, soon after Swinney had resigned.[6]

After becoming an Independent MSP, Campbell Martin played a prominent role in fighting a number of decisions taken by Labour-led North Ayrshire Council. He has also continued his opposition to what he considers to be the centre-right re-positioning of the SNP and its advocacy of a 'culture of independence' rather than national independence.

Campbell Martin stood as an Independent candidate in the Cunninghame North constituency at the May 2007 Scottish Parliament Election, securing 4,423 votes (14.6%), but was not re-elected.[7]

In August 2011 he joined the Scottish Socialist Party,[8] and on 1 October 2011 he spoke at an SSP fringe meeting in Glasgow following the STUC anti-cuts demonstration. He participated as a delegate at the SSP national conference in March 2012. He was the SSP candidate for the Ardrossan and Arran ward on North Ayrshire Council in May 2012, but he was not elected.[9][10]

Journalism[edit]

Between 2007 and 2015, Campbell Martin edited the3towns com [1], an online local newspaper covering the three North Ayrshire towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston. He is now the Creative Director of MacAulay Gibson Productions, an independent production company producing factual television programmes and business promos. [2] He was involved in the production of The Only Game in Town, a documentary that looked at the procurement process for the North Ayrshire Schools Public Private Partnership project.[11]

While still producing pro-independence articles for mainly online publications, Campbell Martin is no longer a member of a political party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swinney earns the result he wanted The SNP regional selection lists show winners and losers – and the demise of their leader's opponents". The Herald. 19 June 2002. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Vote 2003: constituency: Cunninghame North". BBC News. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Vote 2003: region: West of Scotland". BBC News. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Swinney wins first reform battle". BBC News. 23 April 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Party suspends MSP for six months". BBC News. 8 May 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Nationalists throw out rebel MSP". BBC News. 10 July 2004. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Scottish elections 2007 > Cunninghame North". BBC News. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  8. ^ Colin Fox's blog
  9. ^ "First SSP candidates selected for North Ayrshire Council election". Irvine Times. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Live Elections May 2012. Declaration of Results. Ward 05 – Ardrossan and Arran" (PDF). north-ayrshire.cmis.uk.com. North Ayrshire council. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Holyrood call to investigate North Ayrshire school building 'criminality'". Irvine Times. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2020.

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