10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mike Pringle

  1. Mike Pringle was born on the 25th of December 1945
  2. He is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician and former Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh South 2003−2011
  3. Mike was born in Northern Rhodesia (modern-day Zambia) and educated at Edinburgh Academy
  4. He is a keen follower of Heart of Midlothian F.C. and was a strong supporter of the campaign to prevent the sale of the club’s Tynecastle stadium in 2004
  5. He is a strong supporter of the Free Tibet Campaign and has introduced a Bill into the Scottish Parliament to introduce a levy on plastic bags in Scotland similar to the successful Irish plastic bag tax
  6. Mike has been an Honorary Vice-President of English-Speaking Union Scotland
  7. From 1992 to 2003 he was a member of Edinburgh City Council
  8. In the 1997 UK general election he ran unsuccessfully as a candidate in Edinburgh South, and in the equivalent constituency in the 1999 Scottish Parliament election
  9. He was re-elected in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election
  10. He lost the redrawn seat of Edinburgh Southern to the SNP’s Jim Eadie in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election