About me

I am a lawyer, in practice as an advocate in Scotland, where I became a member of the Faculty of Advocates in 1996. I am a member of Terra Firma Chambers in Edinburgh. You can find details of my legal practice including my areas of specialism and qualification on my professional website here.

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 where I post mainly on political, public policy and legal issues. I also tweet at @mark_lazarowicz on issues with more of an Edinburgh and local focus.