Shona Robison

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Shona Robison
MSP
Shona Robison, Minister for Public Health and Sport.jpg
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 November 2014
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded by Alex Neil
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights
In office
22 April 2014 – 21 November 2014
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Office Abolished
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Dundee City East
Dundee East 2003-2011
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 2003
Preceded by John McAllion
Majority 10,679 (41.5%)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
In office
6 May 1999 – 1 May 2003
Personal details
Born (1966-05-26) 26 May 1966 (age 48)
Redcar, Yorkshire, England
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Stewart Hosie
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Profession community worker, home care organiser
Website Official website

Shona Robison (26 May 1966) is a Scottish politician who has been Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport since 2014 and Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dundee City East since 2011. She was elected as a Scottish National Party candidate in the 2003 election.[1] Previously she had represented the SNP as an Additional Members System member for North East Scotland, having been elected in the 1999 election.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Redcar, England, she went to Alva Academy, and then gained an MA in Social Sciences at Glasgow University in 1989, and gained a Postgraduate Cert in Community Education, obtained in 1990 at Jordanhill College. She was active in the SNP Youth Wing along with figures such as Nicola Sturgeon and Fiona Hyslop.

In 2003 she became the SNP's Party Spokesperson on Health, remaining in this position until 2007.[3]

After the SNP's victory in the 2007 Scottish Parliament Election, Robison was appointed as the Minister for Public Health.[4] In 2009, she was made Minister for Public Health and Sport in a Ministerial reshuffle.[5] Following the 2011 election, she was made Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, with Michael Matheson taking on the Minister for Public Health portfolio. In April 2014, Alex Salmond promoted her to the full Cabinet position of Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights. Robison was moved to the Health brief in Nicola Sturgeon's first Ministerial reshuffle in November 2014.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Stewart Hosie,[6] who is the SNP's Depute Leader and Westminster MP for Dundee East. He also is a former National Secretary of the SNP, and who has served as the party's Vice Convenor in charge of Organisation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Labour suffers election casualties". BBC News. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 1 (1999-2003): Shona Robison MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Shona Robison MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Scottish Executive". The Herald (Glasgow). 17 May 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007-2011): Shona Robison MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "International Women’s Day Debate". House of Commons Hansard Debates. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for North East Scotland
19992003
Succeeded by
Marlyn Glen
Preceded by
John McAllion
as Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Dundee East
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Dundee City East
Dundee East (20032011)

2003–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Lewis Macdonald (as Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care)
Minister for Public Health
Minister for Public Health and Sport

2007–2009
Succeeded by
Michael Matheson (as Minister for Public Health)
Preceded by
Office created
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Office created
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights
2014
Succeeded by
Office abolished
Preceded by
Alex Neil
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport
2014–present
Incumbent