John Cooper is the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Candidate for Dumfries & Galloway UK constituency.
After a hugely successful 30 years and more in journalism, much of it with the Daily Mail, John became a Special Adviser at the Scotland Office of the UK Government in 2021.
Working closely with Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, and his team he is today right at the interface between Scotland's two governments at Westminster and at Holyrood.
Educated at Stranraer's Rephad Primary and Academy, his first job was as a trainee reporter on the local paper, the Wigtownshire Free Press.
He moved through weekly papers, ran his own Edinburgh-based news agency which specialised in court reporting, and worked for many years on the Sunday Mail in Glasgow.
In 2000, John joined the Scottish Daily Mail and went on to Dublin where he helped launch the Irish Daily Mail, before returning as Associate Editor on the Scottish Daily Mail.
In 2019, the opportunity to to be Editor of the Free Press arose and he was delighted to return home to Stranraer, where his parents still live.
John is married to Patricia, Dumfries born and Minnigaff raised, and we have three children.
You can contact John at JohnCooperDG@gmail.com.