Alasdair Allan has been an SNP MSP since May 2007 representing the constituency of the Western Isles.

Alasdair Allan gained a PhD in Scots Language from Aberdeen University in 1998. Previous to becoming an MSP, Alasdair was senior media relations officer for the Church of Scotland. He regularly wrote Gaelic columns in various newspapers and was named Gaelic journalist of the year in 2006. In addition he was also the National Secretary of the SNP from 2003 to 2006 before he resigned to fight the Western Isles seat.

Outside of politics Alasdair sings with the Back District Gaelic Choir in Lewis, with whom he has competed in the National Mod.