Sir Robert Smith was re-elected MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine in May 2010 with a majority of 3,684.
Formerly manager of his family estate, Sir Robert Smith entered Parliament at his second attempt in 1997, gaining this new seat from the Conservatives.
After attending Merchant Taylors' School, he read mathematics at Aberdeen University; his interests are hill walking & sailing.
He was an Aberdeenshire Councillor, Scottish Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson and Vice-Convener of the Grampian Joint Police Board between 1995-97; he has twice served as a member of the Aberdeen University Court.
In the 1997 Parliament he was a member of the Transport & the Environment team [1997-99] and the Scottish Affairs team and Scottish Whip [1999-2001]. He served as Scottish Affairs Spokesman and member of the Scottish Affairs Committee from 2001 - 2003, and as Deputy Chief Whip from 2001 - 2006. He joined the DTI team in 2003, and was Shadow energy spokesman 2005-2006. In 2007 he was appointed Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. He was a member of the DTI Select Committees, 2003-2005, and currently sits on the Procedure Committee. He has joined the International Development Select Committee in 2007.
He is Joint Vice Chair of the UK Offshore Oil & Gas Industry Group and Treasurer of the House of Commons Yacht Club.
Education: Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood; Aberdeen University - BSc
Experience: Family Estate Manager until 1997
Council experience: Aberdeenshire Councillor 1995-7
Parliamentary experience: 2007- Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, 2005-06 Shadow DTI Spokesperson, 2001-6 deputy chief whip
Interests: Hill walking & sailing
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Banchory Business Centre, Burn O'Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU
Date of Birth
April 15 1958