Rhona Brankin

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Rhona Brankin
Rhona Brankin.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Midlothian
In office
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1950-01-19) 19 January 1950 (age 64)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater University of Aberdeen

Rhona Brankin (born 19 January 1950) is a former Labour Co-operative Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Midlothian constituency. She was first elected in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003 and 2007. She was one of six female Labour MSPs to stand down in 2011.

Background[edit]

Brankin is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and before entering the Scottish Parliament she was a teacher and a lecturer on special educational needs. She was former Chair of the Scottish Labour Party. She is married with two grown-up daughters.

Scottish Parliament[edit]

Brankin was Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport in the Scottish Executive from 1999–2000 and Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development from 2000-2001.[1] In October 2004 she was appointed Deputy Minister for Health and Community care, returning to the Environment and Rural Development portfolio in June 2005.[2] In January 2007 she was promoted to Minister for Communities after the resignation of Malcolm Chisholm.[3] Following Labour's defeat at the hands of the SNP at the May 2007 election, Brankin became shadow Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning.[4] She was convener of the Public Petitions Committee from June 2010.[5]

Prior to the 2011 elections, Brankin announced her decision not to stand for re-election, retiring from Holyrood after 12 years.[6] The Midlothian constituency underwent boundary changes, and the two new constituencies created, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, were won by the SNP.

Career timeline[edit]

Education

Career

1999-2011: MSP for Midlothian

  • 1999-2000: Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport
  • 2000-2001: Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development
  • 2004-2005: Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
  • 2005-2007: Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development
  • 2007-2007: Minister for Communities
  • 2007-2008: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment
  • 2008-2009: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 1 (1999-2003): Rhona Brankin". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Rhona Brankin". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Brankin to fill communities post". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 January 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  4. ^ Denholm, Andrew (13 October 2007). "It’s money schools need, says Brankin". The Herald (Newsquest). Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007-2011): Rhona Brankin". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Brankin to retire from Holyrood". BBC News. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Midlothian
1999-2011
Succeeded by
Constituency Abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Chisholm
Minister for Communities
2007
Succeeded by
Stewart Maxwell
as Minister for Communities and Sport
Preceded by
Lewis Macdonald
Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development
2005-2007
Succeeded by
Sarah Boyack
Preceded by
Tom McCabe
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
2004-2005
Succeeded by
Lewis Macdonald
Preceded by
John Home Robertson
Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development
2000-2001
Succeeded by
Allan Wilson
Preceded by
Office Created
Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport
1999-2000
Succeeded by
Allan Wilson