Alastair Macdonald received an MBE in the New Years Honours list for 2002.

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West Dunbartonshire Provost Alastair Macdonald received an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours list for 2002, in recognition of 22 years service to local government and the community.

Educated at Dumbarton Academy, Provost Macdonald became a Police officer in Clydebank. During his time directing traffic outside Brown's Shipyard, he would talk to folk like Shop Stewards and he unwittingly learned the political knowledge and expertise that would enable him to progress into a Political career.

In 1980 he was elected a Clydebank District councillor - he still represents the same ward today. Some years later he was elected Provost of Clydebank, and is now West Dunbartonshire's most visible and poppular local Politician.

Provost Macdonald has been officially awarded the Ex-Combatants Iron Cross, the World Cross and the Gold Star of Merit for his contribution to the relations with the Polish Republic, as well as his involvement with the Polish ex-serviceman's organisation.
 
Information for this article was obtained from the Clyde Weekly News.