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Bill Butler MSP

Assumed office 
23 November 2000
Preceded by Donald Dewar
Majority 4,306 (19.3%)

Born 30 March 1956 (1956-03-30) (age 53)
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater University of Stirling

Bill Butler (born 30 March 1956, Glasgow) is a Scottish Labour Co-operative politician and former teacher. He represents Glasgow Anniesland in the Scottish Parliament, elected in the by-election following the death of First Minister Donald Dewar. He is a member of the Justice 2, Standards and Local Government & Transport Committees of the Parliament.

A graduate of the University of Stirling and Notre Dame College of Education, he taught at a number of schools in Renfrew District and in Rutherglen from 1980 to 2000. He is married to Patricia Ferguson, a fellow Labour MSP and Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Recently, he has launched a Member's Bill in the Scottish Parliament to reform the law on damages for wrongful death[1]. The Bill is based on recommendations from the Scottish Law Commission which would see fairer levels of compensation for victims of wrongful death cases (e.g. industrial accidents and disease) and their loved ones. The reforms would also mean less cases needing to go to court, so in some cases this would eliminate the need for details of victims' lives to be the subject of courtroom wrangling and in all cases would mean that compensation would be paid out more speedily.

Previously, he has sought backing in the Scottish Parliament for a bill to make Scottish health boards part-elected. His efforts have won the backing of the Health Committee and Health Minister, Andy Kerr, has agreed to allow the scheme to be piloted.

In August 2008 he declared himself a candidate for the Deputy Leadership of the Labour Party in the Scottish Parliament.


The Fight Against Sectarianism

Bill Butler has been at the forefront of the campaign to tackle sectarianism in Scotland. In June 2009 he forced Alex Salmond to bring before the Scottish Parliament a strategy to tackle sectarianism [2].

Charity Controversy

In early 2009 when politicians' expense claims came under intense public scrutiny, Bill Butler's attempt to claim back a £1 charity donation that a hotel made on his behalf, saying the hotel made the charge without his knowledge, was cited as an egregious example. His claim was rejected by the Scottish Parliament authorities.

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Donald Dewar
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Anniesland


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