A Scottish Liberal Democrat, Liam has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Orkney since 2007 and was elected as one of two Deputy Presiding Officers at Holyrood in 2021.
Liam previously worked as a Special Adviser to the former Deputy First Minister, Jim Wallace in the Lib Dem-Labour coalition government during the first two sessions of parliament. Since being elected in 2007, he has served on various Committees, including Finance; Rural Affairs & Environment; Education & Culture; and Justice. He is currently the Scottish Liberal Democrats spokesperson on Justice and the Climate Emergency.
Liam was born in Edinburgh and brought up on the island of Sanday in Orkney. He is a politics graduate of Edinburgh University, where he also captained the First XI football team. He is married with two sons and owner to springer spaniel, Gerry.
Liam has felt immensely proud to represent the islands he was brought up in and that have helped shape his views and deep commitment to liberalism. In return, he has always recognised the need to be approachable and accessible to all his constituents, providing a clear, consistent and compassionate voice for the islands in Holyrood.