John Lamont is the Scottish Conservative MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk. He was re-elected in December 2019 with almost 50% of the vote. He first became an MP in 2017 with 54% of the vote, and has been a member of the Scottish Affairs Committee ever since.
Prior to that, John had been an MSP in the Scottish Borders since May 2007. When in the Scottish Parliament he was Convener of the Justice Committee and was also Chief Whip for the Scottish Conservatives.
He campaigned strongly to keep the United Kingdom together in September 2014 and believes that the Borders now needs to move on from the constitutional question to tackling improving local services.
John is a hard-working representative of the Borders and of Borderers. He travels thousands of miles each year to attend surgeries, visit schools, support local businesses and help constituents. When not on the road, John is often at his local office in Hawick, dealing with constituents’ issues and concerns.
Before getting elected, John studied law at the University of Glasgow before working as a solicitor for a number of years. He is the son of a Berwickshire farmer and former local teacher and lives in Coldstream.
Outside of work, John likes to keep active and enjoys running. In 2014 he became the first UK politician to complete an Ironman Triathlon and was the fastest MP in the London Marathon 2018, running to raise funds for MND Scotland and the My Name's Doddie Foundation. He also ran the London Marathon 2019, raising money for Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal.