Allan Stewart, Scottish politician, Died at 74

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John Allan Stewart was born on June 1, 1942, and died on December 7, 2016.

He was a Scottish Conservative politician and Scottish Office minister.

He was educated at Bell Baxter High School, St. Andrews University and Harvard University, where he obtained a first class degree.

Stewart was a lecturer in Political Economy at St. Andrews before standing unsuccessfully for the Dundee East constituency in 1970.

Stewart was briefly a councillor in the London Borough of Bromley in the mid-1970s.

Stewart was elected MP for East Renfrewshire in 1979 and continued as MP in its successor Eastwood from 1983 until 1997.

Stewart served two spells as Under-Secretary of State for Scotland at the Scottish Office from 1981 to 1986, and from 1990 to 1995.

He was forced to resign his ministerial post after an incident in February 1995 when he brandished a pickaxe at demonstrators who were protesting at the construction of the M77 motorway.

He was hospitalised, in Dykebar Hospital, Paisley, after suffering a nervous breakdown in March 1997.

Stewart stood down, not seeking re-election to Parliament in the General Election held on 1 May that year, and subsequently retired altogether from politics.

John Allan Stewart passed away at 74 years old.

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