Jamie joined the Liberal Democrats after meeting Charles Kennedy in the 1980s. He studied History at St Andrews and comes from a family of cheesemakers. As a Tain local, Jamie has always been committed to speaking up for the place where he grew up.
Between 1986 and 1996, he was the Liberal Democrat Councillor for Ross and Cromarty District Council. During this time he represented Ross and Cromarty at the Scottish Constitutional Convention that paved the way for the establishment of a Scottish Parliament in 1999.
He was later elected to the Highland Council, serving from 1995 - 1999. During this time, he was elected Vice Chair of Finance on Highland Council. In this role he helped Tain to benefit from new play equipment, new public toilets, and a revived mussel fishery.
After taking a break from Holyrood in 2011, Jamie decided to go back to what he loves best: bringing local solutions to local problems. In 2012 he was successfully re-elected to Highland Council.
Between 1999 and 2011, Jamie fought and won three elections to Holyrood. As an MSP he successfully secured more money for home improvement grants, prevented the downgrading of the consultant-led maternity service at Caithness General Hospital, and was instrumental in the construction and design of the Holyrood Parliament.
Other notable achievements include:
- Leading the Scottish Parliament University Challenge team to victory against the Welsh assembly.
- Directing a show in Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which received critical acclaim where all the participants were MSPs to critical acclaim.
In 2017, Jamie was elected to Westminster as the MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross and was re-elected in 2019. In this time he has:
- Safeguarded the Far North Maternity service and the construction of a new Health Centre in Tain.
- Ensure the go ahead for a new high school in Wick.
- Overseen improvements to the A9 from Helmsdale to the Ord of Caithness.
In this parliament, Jamie will be working to introduce community banking hubs across the Far North. He continues to raise awareness about access to healthcare wherever possible and make the Government aware of the challenges that the Highlands face, whether it be patchy broadband connectivity, poor road infrastructure, or a lack of employment opportunities. Jamie has always made it his business to make Westminster aware of these challenges.
As Defence spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, Jamie has singled himself out as leading the fight for improved mental health support for veterans. In 2020, he introduced a bill to ringfence NHS funding for Mental Health support, which gained cross party support.
Jamie has a proven track record of being an effective local voice for the Highlands. To see more of what he is up to, follow him on social media or get in touch with his office.
- Jamie enjoys a Pantomime and has played as the star dame in many a production.
- He can identify any butterfly and recommends France as a fantastic place to spot lots of different types of butterfly. He is also a keen gardener and an expert on edible fungi.
- Jamie has a cat called Hattie, which he can do a very good impression of.