Fiona Hyslop

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Fiona Hyslop
MSP
Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs (2).jpg
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 May 2011
First Minister Alex Salmond
Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded by Office created
Minister for Culture and External Affairs
In office
1 December 2009 – 19 May 2011
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Michael Russell
Succeeded by Office abolished
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
In office
17 May 2007 – 1 December 2009
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Hugh Henry
(as Minister for Education)
Succeeded by Michael Russell
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Linlithgow
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by Mary Mulligan
Majority 4,091
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Lothians
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1964-08-01) 1 August 1964 (age 50)
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Kenneth Anderson
Children 3
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Heriot-Watt University
Occupation Sales and marketing executive

Fiona Hyslop (born 1 August 1964) is a Scottish politician who has been the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs and the Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Linlithgow since 2011.

Family life and background[edit]

Fiona Hyslop was born in Irvine, Ayrshire, in 1964. She was brought up in her early years in England, before returning to Ayrshire where she was educated at Alloway Primary School[1] and Ayr Academy. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA (Hons) in Economic History and Sociology. She completed a Post-graduate Diploma in Industrial Administration at the Scottish College of Textiles. From 1986 until her election in 1999 she worked as a Brand Development Manager for the Standard Life Assurance Company.

Early political career[edit]

Hyslop joined the SNP 1986, and was active in the SNP's youth wing, Young Scots for Independence. She stood as an SNP candidate in the 1988 Edinburgh District Council elections, and in the 1990 and 1994 Lothian Regional Council elections. She also stood as candidate for Edinburgh Leith and Edinburgh Central in the 1992 and 1997 UK General Elections respectively. Hyslop was an SNP Vice Convener for Policy, and served on the SNP Executive Committee.

Scottish Parliament[edit]

Hyslop stood for election to the Scottish Parliament in the 1999 Parliamentary Election as third on the SNP's list for the Lothians Region, and was elected as an SNP additional member. In the 2003, and 2007 elections, she stood for both the Linlithgow constituency and the Lothians region. Despite failing to win this constituency on both occasions, she was subsequently re-elected as an SNP additional member.

The SNP formed a minority government following the 2007 election, with Alex Salmond as First Minister. Salmond appointed Hyslop as the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, a portfolio she had previously shadowed. In December 2009, and facing a motion of no confidence, she was demoted from the cabinet to the junior Minister post of Minister for Culture and External Affairs.[2]

She was promoted back into Cabinet following the SNP's historic landslide win in 2011 as Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. She has remained in post since.

In the May 2011 Scottish Parliament election, she stood in the Linlithgow constituency, defeating three-term incumbent Mary Mulligan of the Labour party by 4,091 votes.

Personal life[edit]

Hyslop lives in Linlithgow with her husband and their three children.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tam o' Shanter tops Burns poll - Scottish Headlines". Kirkintilloch Herald. 2012-01-23. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Demoted SNP education secretary endorses successor". BBC News. 2009-12-01. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Fiona Hyslop. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothians
19992011
Succeeded by
Sarah Boyack
Preceded by
Mary Mulligan
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Linlithgow
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh Henry (as Minister for Education and Young People)
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
2007–2009
Succeeded by
Michael Russell
Preceded by
Michael Russell (as Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution)
Minister for Culture and External Affairs
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Herself (as Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs)
Preceded by
Herself (as Minister for Culture and External Affairs)
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs
2014–present
Incumbent