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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 10:54 GMT 11:54 UK
Pete Wishart

Date of birth

9 March 1962

Political profile

Pete Wishart inherited the Westminster seat of SNP leader John Swinney in 2001, winning at his first attempt - thus bypassing Donnie Munro, his former colleague in rock group Runrig, who has tried several times to win a seat for Labour.

Mr Wishart, who played keyboards and had also been a member of Big Country, now pursues a more sedate lifestyle as SNP chief whip.

As a student he was a Labour activist, but left the party over its refusal to boycott the poll tax.

He is now an advocate of the SNP's full agenda, including complete independence for Scotland.

He is a prominent activist against drugs and the director of charity Fast Forward which promotes healthy lifestyles for young people.

Contact

wishartp@parliament.uk

Constituency office 01250 876576

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