Bill Wilson

Dr William Laurence Wilson (more commonly known as Bill Wilson) is a Scottish National Party politician. Born in Paisley in 1963 his initial involvement in politics was with the Labour Party whilst working in conservation at Oxford (jointly with the university and the BBONT, the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (UK)). However, upon returning to his native Scotland he became convinced of the case for Scottish independence and that the Labour Party's commitment to social justice was waning. In 1989 he joined the Scottish National Party (SNP). He stood unsuccessfully as an SNP candidate for the House of Commons in the Glasgow Anniesland constituency in the 1997 General Election before standing in the Glasgow Maryhill constituency in both the 1999 and 2003 Scottish Parliamentary elections. Wilson was also elected chair of the SNP's Glasgow Regional Association in 2001. In the aftermath of the 2003 election performance of the SNP he became convinced that a change of direction was needed by the SNP leadership. After discussing this with various SNP members he was persuaded to contest the leadership himself and launched a challenge against the SNP leader, John


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