Ian was born to a cooper father and shop worker mother in 1976, and was elected as the MP for Edinburgh South in the 2010 general election.
Brought up in Wester Hailes, Ian when to Dumbryden primary school, then Wester Hailes Education Centre. Ian enrolled at Edinburgh University at the age of 16. Ian read Social Policy and Law and graduated with an honours degree (BA) at the age of 20. Whilst at university he supported his studies with part-time job in a local fish & chip shop before setting up and running a pizza delivery service.
After graduation, Ian went on to work at the Royal Blind Asylum and then in pensions management. After this Ian was head hunted by an Edinburgh based internet television station (Worldart.com) where he helped to build a new online TV station. Ultimately, the company ran out funding but, after being made redundant, Ian progressed to set-up his own event management business, 100mph Events Ltd. As an event manager, Ian ran the largest arts festival in Europe for 7 years, during which time he was involved in television production, artistic programming, sponsorship and financial management and all other areas of the business from building scaffolding to presenting artists. Ian's proudest moment as an event manager was his concert with Billy Bragg, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Earle, Joan Baez and Emmy-Lou Harris, which raised over £100,000 for the Landmine for a Free World Charity in 2004.
Ian went on to refurbish and re-open almost derelict hotel in West Linton, then ran a number of bars in Newington and the city centre. Ian was responsible for working with the police to set-up a pub watch scheme in the Newington area.
In 2003, Murray stood in the council elections for Alnwickhill winning the seat for Labour at the age of 27; he later represented the larger Liberton & Gilmerton Ward from 2007 to 2010.
Ian served on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee and the Environmental Audit Select Committee. In 2011, he was appointed to the Shadow Frontbench. Ian has also served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland.
Ian lives with his long-term partner Hannah. He is a Hearts supporter and was Chair of the Foundation of Hearts, a bid by a fans' group to buy the club out of administration. Ian also sits on the Board of the club as an unremunerated non-executive Director representing the Foundation of Hearts. Ian is also a Trustee of the Great War Memorial Committee which built and maintains the only Edinburgh War Memorial on the Somme. Ian's interest in wildlife and conservation includes a longstanding support for Care for the Wild and its polar bear research programme. Ian is a member of Amnesty International, USDAW Union and the Fabian Society.
If you would like to find out more about Ian, or to contact Ian, please visit his website.