Patricia Ferguson

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Patricia Ferguson
MSP
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Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn
Glasgow Maryhill (1999-2011)
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 1999
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 1,292
Personal details
Born (1958-09-24) 24 September 1958 (age 56)
Glasgow
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Spouse(s) Bill Butler
Religion Roman Catholic

Patricia Josephine Ferguson (born 24 September 1958, Glasgow) is a Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill, a seat which she has held since 1999.

Background[edit]

Ferguson was educated at Garnethill Convent Secondary School in Glasgow, and at Glasgow College of Technology, where she obtained an HNC in Public Administration.

Prior to entering the Scottish Parliament, she worked as a health service administrator, with the Scottish Trades Union Congress and with the Scottish Labour Party.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

After being elected as MSP for Glasgow Maryhill in May 1999 she was Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and, more recently, as a member of the Parliament's Standards and Procedures Committees. She led the British-Irish Parliamentary Body delegation.

She was first appointed to the Scottish Executive Cabinet in November 2001 as Minister for Parliament when Jack McConnell became First Minister and was re-appointed as Minister for Parliamentary Business after the 2003 election. She became Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport in October 2004.

In 2006, her name was included on a variant of a Nigerian scam email after a high-profile trip to Malawi as part of her Scottish Executive brief.

She is married to former Labour MSP Bill Butler.

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill
1999–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank McAveety
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Office Abolished
Preceded by
Tom McCabe
Minister for Parliamentary Business
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Margaret Curran
Preceded by
Peter Peacock
Minister for Gaelic
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Linda Fabiani