Kezia Dugdale

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Kezia Dugdale
Kezia Dugdale MSP Scottish Parliament.jpg
Dugdale in 2011
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
Assumed office
13 December 2014
Leader Jim Murphy
Preceded by Anas Sarwar
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for the Lothian Region
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1981-08-28) 28 August 1981 (age 33)
Nationality British
Political party Scottish Labour, Cooperative Party
Residence Lochend, Edinburgh
Alma mater University of Aberdeen

University of Edinburgh

Cabinet Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Kezia Dugdale (born 28 August 1981)[1] is a Scottish Labour Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, representing the Lothian region.[1] She is Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.


Dugdale was born in Aberdeen in 1981.[1] Her completed Secondary School in Harris Academy in Dundee, where she was Head Girl.[2] She then went on to study Law at the University of Aberdeen from 1999 to 2003, then completed a Masters in Policy Studies at the University of Edinburgh.[1] As well as living in Aberdeen and Dundee, she has resided in Elgin, before finally settling in Edinburgh in 2003. While in Edinburgh, Dugdale worked for Edinburgh University Students' Association and the National Union of Students Scotland.[1] Immediately before entering the Scottish Parliament she worked for Lord Foulkes as his office manager and political adviser.[1]

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

In 2011, she was elected to the Scottish Parliament, as Scottish Labour's second candidate on their list for the Lothian Region. She serves as a Scottish Labour and Co-operative Member and currently sits on the Local Government and Regeneration and Subordinate Legislation Committees.[3][4] After becoming an MSP, she attacked the Scottish Gaelic TV station BBC Alba saying "I've had people say they can no longer listen to the News Quiz on Radio 4, or this is how they get their classical music".[5]

Kezia was appointed to the post of Scottish Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 29 June 2013.[6]

Members of the Edinburgh Eastern Labour Party selected Dugdale as their candidate for the 2016 Scottish Parliament Election for Edinburgh Eastern seat.

Kezia has a weekly column every Monday in the Scottish Daily Record.

In 2014 she was elected as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, replacing Anas Sarwar, beating Katy Clark. As Jim Murphy, the leader, is a Westminster MP, this means that she stands in for him at First Minister's questions.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Dugdale describes her interests as going to the theatre, reading Scottish crime novels and enjoying the city of Edinburgh, where she lives. She has Trade Union Memberships with UNITE and Community.