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Ken Macintosh
MSP
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Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Eastwood
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 1999
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 2,012 (6%)
Personal details
Born (1962-01-15) 15 January 1962 (age 52)
Inverness, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Spouse(s) Claire
Children Four daughters, two sons
Residence Busby, East Renfrewshire
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Occupation Television journalist, producer (1987–1999)

Kenneth "Ken" Macintosh (born 15 January 1962) is a Scottish Labour Party politician and the MSP for the Eastwood constituency. He was first elected in the 1999 Scottish Parliament election and retained his seat in the 2003, 2007 and the 2011 elections. He previously worked as a television producer for the BBC.

Early life[edit]

Born in Inverness, Macintosh was educated at the Portree and Oban primary schools before attending Royal High School, Edinburgh. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an History MA (Hons) in 1984.

Both his parents were headteachers. His father Dr Farquhar Macintosh CBE was a Gaelic speaker from Skye, a leading intellectual in Scottish education[1] and was Rector of the Royal High in Edinburgh[2] and chair of the Scottish Examination Board.[3] His mother, Margaret Macintosh, is from Peebles and was head of Drummond Community High and assistant head of Wester Hailes.

BBC career[edit]

Before Macintosh became an MSP, he was from 1987 to 1999, a television producer for the BBC News Network.[4] He also worked on Breakfast with Frost, Breakfast News, and the Nine O'Clock News. He was also worked as a researcher on election programmes for both David Dimbleby and Jonathan Dimbleby.[5]

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

At the 1999 election, he won the Eastwood constituency with a majority of 2,125.[6]

In February 2002, Macintosh was appointed as a ministerial parliamentary aide (MPA) to Minister for Education and Young People, Cathy Jamieson.[7] He resigned from this role in September 2002 when he voted against the Labour-Liberal Democrat Coalition Scottish Executive over the closure of the A&E department at the Glasgow Victoria Infirmary.[8]

In 2005 Macintosh had to resign from his position as Deputy Convenor on the Standards Committee after it was revealed he had failed to declare £330 of hospitality from McDonald's within the required time.[9]

In 2006 and 2007 Macintosh has proposed a Member's Bill to the Scottish Parliament providing for the tougher regulation of sunbed parlours, which passed successfully.[10] Since his election in 1999 has been a member of the cross-party group on cancer.[11] From February 2007 to April 2007, he was a Ministerial Parliamentary Aide to the First Minister Jack McConnell.[12]

Macintosh was re-elected as MSP for Eastwood at the 2007 election with a narrow majority of 913, where he fought off a strong challenge from the Conservative Party's Jackson Carlaw.[13] Macintosh was appointed Shadow Minister for Schools and Skills.

Macintosh considered running for the 2008 Scottish Labour leadership election but pulled out and instead backed Andy Kerr's candidacy.[14]

At the 2011 parliamentary election he once again defeated Jackson Carlaw with an increased majority of 2,012. The swing was 8.7% from Conservative to Labour.[15] Macintosh had feared losing the constituency following boundary changes[16] (with the removal of Barrhead, Neilston and Uplawmoor) which gave a notional Conservative majority of almost 3500.[17] After the party's loss to the SNP, Macintosh was made Shadow Culture and External Affairs Secretary.[18] Only a week later though, he took over the Shadow Education portfolio after MSP Malcolm Chisholm resigned over an internal party disagreement.[19]

Scottish Labour Party leadership election[edit]

Ken Macintosh launched his candidacy for leader of the Scottish Labour Party on 12 September 2011. MSP colleagues who have so far endorsed his leadership bid include: his campaign manager Michael McMahon, Claire Baker, Mary Fee, Neil Bibby, Mark Griffin, Kezia Dugdale and Jenny Marra.[20] Macintosh is also supported by East Renfrewshire MP Jim Murphy, co-author of the Review of the Labour Party in Scotland. Murphy and Macintosh together share the same constituency office in Clarkston, East Renfrewshire.[21]

In an early address to party members, Macintosh said he was a devolutionist, not a unionist.[22][23]

On 28 October 2011, Macintosh officially launched his leadership campaign at Cumbernauld College in North Lanarkshire. He described the 2011 Holyrood election result as a "disaster", and that the party had been too negative[24] and if it did not change it "will consign ourselves to steady decline and years of opposition. We need to unite as a party and to start talking positively about our values, what Labour stands for and not just what we are against."[25]

Miliband gaffe[edit]

Despite lacking ministerial experience "having never put a feather on the front bench" ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-15080475 ) he was widely seen as a frontrunner in the leadership contest, however UK Labour leader Ed Miliband was unable to recall Ken Macintosh's name during a TV interview with BBC Scotland, during the September 2011 Labour Party Conference.[26] After the interview, Miliband telephoned Macintosh to apologise for his mistake. Later, Macintosh tried to downplay the incident saying "I don't think anyone should read anything into it – half the time I can't even remember the names of my own kids."[27]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Claire live in Busby, East Renfrewshire with their six children.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/dr_farquhar_macintosh_1_701347
  2. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/news/obituaries/farquhar_macintosh_1_701814
  3. ^ "Farquhar Macintosh: Influential figure in Scottish education". The Independent (London). 27 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Labour front bench at-a-glance". BBC News. 14 September 2007. 
  5. ^ http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6111453
  6. ^ "New parliament, new Labour, new baby". BBC News. 28 June 1999. 
  7. ^ http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/31738.aspx
  8. ^ Aide quits over hospital vote, BBC News, 12 September 2002
  9. ^ 'Standards' MSP resigns over gift, BBC News, 7 June 2005
  10. ^ Sunbed bill 'backed by most MSPs', BBC News 27 December 2006
  11. ^ http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/currentmsps/Ken-Macintosh-MSP.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/30624.aspx
  13. ^ "Turner out as Labour wins seats". BBC News. 4 May 2007. 
  14. ^ "Gray bids for labour leadership". BBC News. 31 July 2008. 
  15. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven; Kennedy, Doug (5 May 2011). "Scottish election: As it happened". BBC News. 
  16. ^ http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/politics/where-the-tories-are-on-top-but-still-look-nervous-1.1096606
  17. ^ "Scottish election: Labour's 'class of '99' lose to SNP". BBC News. 6 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Scottish Labour unveils front bench team". BBC News. 20 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Malcolm Chisholm quits Labour's front bench team". BBC News. 31 May 2011. 
  20. ^ . Edinburgh http://news.scotsman.com/politics/39It39s-time-to-change39-.6834668.jp.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  21. ^ http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msp/memberspages/ken_macintosh/contact.htm
  22. ^ "Labour leadership contender rejects unionist label". BBC News. 25 September 2011. 
  23. ^ http://www.labourhame.com/archives/2082
  24. ^ "Scottish Labour leader contenders put their cases". BBC News. 31 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Ken Macintosh launches Scottish Labour leadership bid". BBC News. 28 October 2011. 
  26. ^ "Ed Miliband unable to name all Scots leader candidates". BBC News. 29 September 2011. 
  27. ^ MacDonell, Hamish (30 September 2011). "Ed Miliband forgets Scottish candidate's name". The Independent (London). 
  28. ^ http://www.holyrood.com/articles/2011/09/19/schooled-in-politics/

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