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BSc (Hons) Physics; MSc Information Technology Systems; LLM Human Rights Law; Postgraduate Certificate in Education
John is currently Parliamentary Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. He has worked in this role since June 1999 and has had to deal with a variety of ethical issues raised in government policy and legislation particularly in relation to bioethical issues, family law and human rights. He coordinated a successful campaign against a euthanasia Bill in the Scottish Parliament.
Prior to his current role John was directly involved in the political process, campaigning for parliamentary elections in the constituencies of East Kilbride and Paisley as a political candidate for a prolife party at Westminster elections.
His dissertation for his master’s degree in human rights law examined the human rights aspects of the Tony Bland case in which a young man in a persistent vegetative state was dehydrated to bring about his death following a court ruling.
He holds a number of positions including those as director of the Scottish Bible Society and a member of the United Bible Society Europe and Middle East Board. He was a member of the Scottish Government’s Working Group on Nuclear Weapons.
John is married to Angela and they have seven children.