Though I originally hailed from Forfar, Angus, I have happily adopted Dalkeith as my home. My father was a hospital porter and my mother was the daughter of a crofter. As a young man I decided that traditional banking interested me and this became my career for 23 years. As an international banker I worked in both the Middle and Far East, but eventually found myself back in the UK. After a period of living and working in London, my wife and I decided that we should return to Scotland.
I realised very quickly that the people of Midlothian deserved more than they were getting from local politicians. With this in mind I took early retirement in 2006 to focus on being elected to Midlothian Council. It was been a pleasure to serve the people of Newtongrange, Gorebridge and the Moorfoots as a local councillor.
I was elected to the Scottish Parliament in May 2011 as the representative for Midlothian North and Musselburgh. I believe that Midlothian North and Musselburgh has much to offer and has been underselling itself for years. I plan to work hard to create jobs across my constituency and I will gladly work with any individuals or organisations who will act towards that end. I intend to help build up industry and further promote the possibilities of Midlothian North and Musselburgh.
To take full advantage of the global market I believe Scotland must be free and independent. When we have more control over our country's finances, Midlothian North and Musselburgh will be able to reap the benefits of a well monitored and administered economy. I pledge to do my best for my constituents. I am working for you and I realise the weight of the responsibility you have given me. Thank you for this opportunity to serve.
- Colin Beattie
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