|Minister for External Affairs and International Development|
6 September 2012
|First Minister||Alex Salmond|
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Parliamentary Liaison Officer
to the First Minister of Scotland
May 2011 – September 2012
|Preceded by||Aileen Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Mark McDonald|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
6 May 2011
7 April 1985 |
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Spouse(s)||Gail Lythgoe, since 2010|
|Education||Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
Humza Yousaf (born 7 April 1985) is a Scottish politician who has served as the Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow since 2011. He was elected via the Mixed Member Proportional Representation from the Party List. Since September 2012 he has been Minister for External Affairs and International Development, a junior ministerial appointment under the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.
Yousaf is the son of immigrants who came to Britain in the 1960s: his mother came from Kenya and his father from Pakistan.
Life and career
Yousaf worked at the Scottish Parliament with the late Bashir Ahmad, an SNP politician, who was a personal influence. Since then he has worked for a number of MSPs including Anne McLaughlin, Nicola Sturgeon and the First Minister, Alex Salmond.
Yousaf has been involved in community work, ranging from youth organisations to charity fundraising, for most of his life. He was Media Spokesperson for the charity Islamic Relief, worked for community radio for 12 years and on a project which provided food packages to the homeless and asylum seekers in Glasgow. He was awarded the “Future Force of Politics Award 2010”, which was presented to him in Glasgow City Chambers. He is also a former alumnus of the US State Department IVLP programme.
Election to Scottish Parliament
On his election to the Scottish Parliament, Yousaf was appointed to the Justice and Public Audit Committees and to the post of Parliamentary Liaison Officer to Alex Salmond. He appeared in a Question Time debate on BBC Scotland in February 2013, in which he was criticised for calling David Dimbleby 'patronising' in his chairing of the debate.
On 9 September 2014, Yousaf, as a spokesman for the Pro-Scottish Independence "Yes" campaign, appeared on the BBC News channel and remarked that Elizabeth II would "be welcome if she ever comes to Scotland".
SNP leadership, 2014
Following a defeat in the Scottish independence referendum, 2014, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Alex Salmond announced his resignation, due to take effect in November 2014. Following this, it was widely speculated that his Deputy and the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, would replace him in both roles unopposed. There was further speculation that Yousaf, along with Alex Neil and Angus Robertson would challenge Sturgeon for the role: however, Yousaf claimed that he was a member of "Team Sturgeon".
Yousaf married Gail Lythgoe in 2010.
- Question Time - Stirling - the referendum polls - Humza Yousaf and Brian Souter, February 8, 2013
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