Chris Law (politician)

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Chris Law
Official portrait of Chris Law crop 2.jpg
Law in 2017
Member of Parliament
for Dundee West
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded by Jim McGovern
Majority 5,262 (13.6%)
Personal details
Born Christopher Murray Alexander

(1969-10-21) 21 October 1969 (age 48)
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater University of St Andrews
Website Official website

Christopher Murray Alexander Law (born 21 October 1969) is the Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Dundee West, having been elected in the 2015 general election.[1][2] He was elected to a seat that had been held by Labour for the previous 65 years.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Law trained as a French chef, then went to the University of St Andrews where he received a degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology. He developed a love of India while at university[4] and for ten years operated a business providing tours of the Himalayas on 1950s motorcycyles. For a decade after returning to Scotland he operated a business as a financial adviser in Dundee. Law initially joined the SNP in 1999, and rejoined after returning to the UK in 2010.

Political career[edit]

Law was a prominent Yes campaigner during the Scottish independence referendum, 2014 and was the founder of the Spirit of Independence road tour of communities that toured Scotland in a refurbished Green Goddess fire engine.

He was chosen to contest the Dundee West constituency in the 2015 general election and received 27,684 votes – 61.9% – as he took the seat from Labour with a 17,092 majority.[5] From 2015 to 2017 he served on the Scottish Affairs Committee.[6] In the 2017 General Election, he held his seat, receiving 18,045 votes (46.7%), down 15.3% compared to the 2015 election. His majority was reduced to 5,262 votes - 13.6%.[7]

Law is a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.[8]


  1. ^ "List of Members returned to Parliament at the General Election 2015 Scotland". The Edinburgh Gazette. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Election Live: Tory majority as Miliband, Clegg, Farage quit - BBC News". 7 May 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Liddle, Andrew (8 May 2015). "General Election 2015: SNP's Chris Law 'puts Labour into retirement' with victory in Dundee West". The Courier. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Meet your new Scottish MPs: #24 Chris Law, Dundee West". The National. 13 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dundee West Election Results". 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Chris Law MP". 2016-10-22. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 
  7. ^ "Dundee West parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  8. ^ "In conversation with SNP MP Chris Law". 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2017-11-13. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jim McGovern
Member of Parliament
for Dundee West