About me

You will find articles, blogs, and comments on a range of political and legal issues, and also some thoughts on Edinburgh issues. 

I am a lawyer, in practice as an advocate in Scotland, where I became a member of the Faculty of Advocates in 1996. You can find details of my legal practice including my areas of specialism and qualification on my professional website here: http://www.advocates.org.uk/advocates/mark-jerzy-lazarowicz

From 2001 to 2015 I was the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North & Leith. During that time, I took part in House of Commons debates and questions on a wide range of subjects. I was an active member of a number of committes, including the Select Committees on Environmental Audit, Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Modernisation, Scottish Affairs, Regulatory Reform, and the draft Climate Change Bill.

I was Shadow International Development Minister from 2010 to 2011, and Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Scotland Office between 2007 and 2008. From 2008 to 2010, I was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Carbon Trading including preparation of report: “Global Carbon Trading: a framework for reducing emissions” (2009).

Before becoming an MP, I was active in local government between 1980 and 1996 (when I was a councillor on the City of Edinburgh District Council, and was Leader of the Council from 1986 to 1993), and between 1999 and 2001 (when I was a councillor on the City of Edinburgh Council, and the Council’s Executive Member for Transport).

I am also on twitter @marklazarowicz