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Annex E: Biographical details of George Reid

George Reid retired as Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament in May 2007 after eight years as an MSP.

In the 1970s he was twice elected as an MP. During this period he was also a member of the Assemblies of the Council of Europe and the Western European Union.

Between his time at Westminster and Holyrood, he was Director of Public Affairs of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, working in wars and disasters around the world. He continues to advise a number of agencies on democratic development in conflict areas.

Upon his return to Scotland, the Government appointed him as a member of the Steering Group for the Scottish Parliament. He continues his interest in constitutional and electoral matters as a visiting professor at Glasgow and Stirling Universities. In 2008-9 he chaired the strategic review of governance in the Northern Ireland Assembly and has recently completed work as Vice-Chair of the Carnegie Commission on Civil Society.

George Reid was elected as MP and MSP for the Scottish National Party. Following his election as Presiding Officer in 2003 he was required to give up all party allegiance, a position which he maintains today.

Mr Reid was appointed to the Privy Council in 2004. He has five honorary doctorates from Scottish universities. He was named Scottish Politician of the Year in both 2003 and 2005.

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