Murdo Fraser was born in Inverness in 1965 and educated at Inverness Royal Academy and thereafter at Aberdeen University, where he studied law. He has since worked as a solicitor in Aberdeen and Edinburgh and prior to his election to the Scottish Parliament was an associate with Ketchen and Stevens WS in Edinburgh, specialising in commercial law.
Murdo first became active in politics at Aberdeen University. He held office as Chairman of the Scottish Young Conservatives from 1989 to 1992, and thereafter became the first Scot to be elected Chairman of National Young Conservatives, a position he held for one year from 1991.
In the 1999 Scottish Parliament Election, Murdo stood as the Conservative candidate for North Tayside, and fought the constituency again at the 2001 General Election. He became a Member of the Scottish Parliament in August 2001 following the resignation of the previous List Member for Mid-Scotland and Fife, and was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
Murdo is the Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. Murdo held the position of Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives from November 2005 to November 2011 and has previously been the Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Health, Education and Enterprise & Lifelong Learning. He is co-convenor of the Cross-Party Groups ‘Scottish Economy’, ‘Scottish Health Inequalities’ and ‘Pakistan’ and serves as a voluntary Parliamentary Advisor to the Autism Treatment Trust and is a voluntary Patron of the Scottish Asian Pakistani Foundation.
Murdo is a patron of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, a former Board Member of Dundee University Students' Association, and a member of the Scotland-Malawi Partnership
Publications include the pamphlets: Full Fiscal Freedom (1998) and Scotland and the Euro (1999); a contribution to It's Rangers for Me! (Fort Publishing 2007); and he compiled and edited a collection of essays in 2006 entitled The Blue Book.
Murdo lives in Perthshire with his wife and two children. His interests outside politics include hillwalking (he has climbed Kilimanjaro and more than half of Scotland's 284 Munros), football, classic cars, travel, and Scottish history.
Murdo's interests outside politics include hillwalking (he has successfully climbed Kilimanjaro and more than half of Scotland’s 284 Munros), football, classic cars, travel (especially Africa), and Scottish history.
Trade Union Membership Religious Affiliation
Law Society of Scotland Church of Scotland