Sir Robert Smith

Sir Robert Smith
MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine



Banchory Business Centre
Burn O’Bennie Road
AB31 5ZU

Phone:01330 826549



Sir Robert Smith has been the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine since 1997.

His areas of interest include energy policy, rural issues and international development. He has been a member of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee since it was created in 2009, becoming Interim Chair of the Committee in June 2013. He previously sat on the International Development Select Committee from 2007 to 2009. He serves as Honorary Vice-President of Energy Action Scotland, a fuel poverty charity and is a Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group for the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. He represents a large rural constituency where the oil and gas industry, subsea engineering and marine renewables are major employers.

His previous portfolios include the party's Energy spokesperson and Deputy Chief Whip; and he has served on the Trade & Industry Select Committee, the Scottish Affairs Select Committee and the International Development Select Committee.

He has campaigned extensively on the importance of post offices to rural communities and he has also highlighted the need to do more for households that are not connected to the gas-grid.

Prior to his election he was an Aberdeenshire Councillor, Scottish Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson and Vice-Convener of the Grampian Joint Police Board between1995-97; he has twice served as a member of the Aberdeen University Court.


Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood; Aberdeen University - BSc

Work Experience:

Family Estate Manager until 1997

Council Experience:

Aberdeenshire Councillor 1995-7

Parliamentary Experience:

Parliamentary Experience:
2010- Party Whip,
2007-10 Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons,
2005-06 Shadow DTI and Energy Spokesperson,
2001-6 Deputy Chief Whip
1999-2001 Scottish Whip

Select Committees:
2009- Energy and Climate Change (Interim Chair from June 2013)
2010- Joint Committee on Consolidation of Bills
2007-09 International Development
2003-05 Trade and Industry
2001-03 Scottish Affairs
2001-10 Procedure Committee

All Party Groups include:
Afghanistan, Co-Chair
Post Office, Vice-Chair
Offshore Oil and Gas Industry, Vice-Chair

Interests:Hill-walking and sailing
Marital Status:Married with three daughters

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