Peter Peacock

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Peter Peacock
Peter Peacock.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
In office
6 May 1999 – 6 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1952-05-27) 27 May 1952 (age 62)
Political party Scottish Labour Party

Peter Peacock (born 27 May 1952) was a Labour regional list Member of the Scottish Parliament for Highlands and Islands between 1999 and 2011. Peacock was appointed a deputy minister when first elected in 1999, and promoted to Minister for Education and Young People in the Scottish Executive after the 2003 election. He resigned from his Government post in November 2006 due to ill health.[1]

Immediately prior to coming to Parliament, Peacock was the Convener of Highland Council, having been an independent councillor for Ardersier in Highland Region since 1982. He held various positions during that time as Finance Convener, Chair of Policy and Resources Committee and Vice-Convener.

Peacock has also been a Vice-President of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and a former Member of the European Committee of the Regions; the Council of Europe; the Scottish Post Office Board and Scottish Natural Heritage. He previously ran his own business and prior to that worked for the Citizens Advice Bureau service nationally and was also a Community Worker for a time. Upon his resignation as Minister he won praise from the general-secretary of the Headteachers' Association of Scotland who said "He has been an outstanding minister, with both a genuine commitment to, and a solid grasp of, his brief".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK | Scotland | Ill health forces minister's exit". BBC News. 2006-11-14. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
  2. ^ "New education minister as Peacock resigns - Top stories - The Scotsman". News.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2013-07-23. 
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Region Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Highlands and Islands
1999-2011
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Cathy Jamieson
Minister for Education and Young People
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Hugh Henry
Preceded by
Mike Watson
Minister for Gaelic
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Patricia Ferguson
Preceded by
Office Created
Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government
2000–2003
Succeeded by
Tavish Scott
Preceded by
Office Created
Deputy Minister for Children and Education
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Nicol Stephen
as Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs