Jackson has been an MSP since 2007, serving two terms initially as a regional MSP for the West of Scotland before being elected as the constituency member for Eastwood in May of 2016. Jackson is the deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives having been appointed by Ruth Davidson in 2011 and is currently also shadow cabinet secretary for Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs having previously led on health for almost nine years.
Before becoming an MSP Jackson worked in the retail motor industry for 25 years and has been involved in the conservative party since his mid-teens when he joined locally in East Renfrewshire. He has held various voluntary positions including National Chairman of the Scottish Young Conservatives (1984/86), Chairman of Eastwood Conservatives (1988/92) and was appointed Vice, then Deputy Chairman of Scottish Conservatives by John Major (1992/98) and served again in 2005/06 when he was also on the UK Party Board.
Jackson is also a member of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform. In 2010, Jackson published his own paper on Scottish parliamentary reform; ‘It’s time to realise the potential of the Scottish Parliament’. He has continued to work with others on the issue since its publication and has participated in many discussions previously led by PO Tricia Marwick MSP.