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Jim Mather (born 6 March, 1947, Lochwinnochmarker) is a Scottish National Party politician, the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism and Member of the Scottish Parliamentmarker for Argyll and Bute .

Mather was educated at Paisley Grammar Schoolmarker and Greenock High School before attending the University of Glasgowmarker. Before his election to Holyrood he worked as a chartered accountant and ran his own business. He joined the SNP in 1996 and acted as the SNP’s National Treasurer from 2000.

He was the SNP candidate in the 2000 Ayr by-election and was their candidate for Argyll and Bute at the 2003 where he came third. He was elected to the Scottish Parliamentmarker as a regional list member for the Highlands and Islands. In opposition he was the SNP's Shadow Enterprise and Economy Minister.

Mather contested Argyll and Bute again at the 2007 Scottish Parliament Election and was successful, winning the seat from George Lyon of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

After the SNP's victory at the 2007 Scottish Parliament Election, Mather was appointed Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism.

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