Sarah Boyack

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Sarah Boyack
MSP
Sarah Boyack MSP.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Lothian
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Edinburgh Central
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Marco Biagi
Personal details
Born (1961-05-16) 16 May 1961 (age 53)
Glasgow
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Heriot-Watt University
Website www.sarahboyack.com

Sarah Boyack MSP (born 16 May 1961 in Glasgow) is a Scottish Labour MSP for the Lothian region and formerly constituency MSP for Edinburgh Central in the Scottish Parliament.

Boyack co-chaired the review of the Labour Party in Scotland with Jim Murphy, commissioned by Ed Miliband in May 2011, which reported in the autumn of 2011.

Background[edit]

Boyack was brought up in Edinburgh where she was amongst the first female entrants at the Royal High School. She went on to study at the University of Glasgow in 1979, gaining an MA Honours degree in Modern History and Politics. She became active in the Labour Club, where she was a protégé of Margaret Curran. She became chair of the Labour Club in 1981-82, and chair of the National Organisation of Labour Students in 1985-86. She is the only person to have been chair of Scottish Labour Students, Welsh Labour Students and National Labour Students. During her time at Glasgow University, she was involved in supporting the twinning with Bir Zeit University in the West Bank.

She then did a Diploma in Town and Country Planning at Heriot-Watt University.

Boyack's father was an important figure in the Labour Party and the campaign for Scottish devolution.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

She was elected to the new Scottish Parliament in 1999, and she was Minister for the Environment, Planning and Transport in the Scottish Executive from 1999-2000. Then Minister for Transport 2000-2001 during which time she introduced one of Scottish Labour's flagship policies of free bus travel for people over 60. She was elected Convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Environment and Rural Development Committee in June 2003 and stood down in January 2007 when she returned to the Scottish Executive as Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development.[1]

In November 2004 Sarah received the RSPB Goldcrest Award[2] for the most outstanding contribution to the development of environmental policy in Scotland since devolution and in December 2005 was named the Scottish Renewables Best Politician.

She lost her constituency seat in the 2011 Scottish Parliament general election to Marco Biagi of the SNP but was elected on the Lothian Regional List as one of the seven members.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Communities Minister". Scotland.gov.uk. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Centenary awards - The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Central
19992011
Succeeded by
Marco Biagi
Political offices
Preceded by
Rhona Brankin
Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development
2007
Succeeded by
Michael Russell
as Minister for Environment
Preceded by
New offic
Minister for Transport and Planning
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Wendy Alexander
as Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning
Preceded by
New office
Minister for Transport and the Environment
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Abolished
Preceded by
Alex Johnstone
Convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Environment and Rural Development Committee
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Maureen MacMillan