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Mixed Election Fortunes For APPGG Chairmen

4.30pm 13th December 2019 - Growing the Game - This story was updated on Sunday, December 15th, 2019

(from left: Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A; Karl McCartney JP MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf; and Professor Simon Shibli, from Sheffield Hallam University,  (2016 photo The R&A)

Stephen Gethin (above right), co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Golf ( and since 2015 the SNP Member of Parliament for North East Fife, which includes St Andrews, has been defeated by Liberal Democrat Wendy Chamberlain.

At the 2017 General Election North East Fife was the most marginal constituency of all and Stephen Gethin held the seat with a majority of just two votes after three recounts.

Meanwhile Craig Tracey (Conservative), the other co-Chair of the APPG for Golf (pictured above left) and Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire, home of The Belfry, was re-elected with an increased majority.

There was more drama involving the Group when founder member and former Group Chairman Karl McCartney (Conservative) regained the Lincolnshire seat that he had lost at the 2017 General Election.

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All Party Parliamentary Group for Golf


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