Aileen Campbell

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Aileen Campbell
MSP
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Minister for Public Health and Sport
Assumed office
May 2016
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded by Maureen Watt
Minister for Children and Young People
In office
6 December 2011 – 18 May 2016
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
previously
Alex Salmond
Deputy from 18 December 2014 to 31 August 2015 Fiona McLeod MSP covered Ms Campbell's Maternity leave
Preceded by Angela Constance
Succeeded by Mark McDonald
Minister for Local Government and Planning
In office
25 May 2011 – 6 December 2011
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Derek Mackay
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Clydesdale
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by Karen Gillon
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
In office
3 May 2007 – 5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1980-05-18) 18 May 1980 (age 36)
Perth, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Graham Fraser White
Children 2
Alma mater University of Glasgow

Aileen Elizabeth Campbell (born 18 May 1980) is the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport and is a Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Clydesdale constituency. She was formerly Minister for Local Government and Planning May 2011−December 2011, then Minister for Children and Young People December 2011−May 2016.

Campbell was first elected to the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 as a list member for the South of Scotland region. At 26 years and 351 days on her election, she was the youngest MSP elected to serve in Parliament in the 2007–2011 session, followed by her SNP colleague Jamie Hepburn in second place. In December 2014 Campbell became the first person to take maternity leave while serving as a Minister of the Scottish Government.

Early life[edit]

Campbell was born on 18 May 1980 in Perth, Scotland. She grew up on her parents' tenant farm in Perthshire and was educated at Collace Primary School and Perth Academy.[1] She studied Politics and History at the University of Glasgow. From 2005−06 Campbell was national convener of the SNP youth wing, the Young Scots for Independence.[2] Since graduating, she has worked as editor of construction magazine Keystone and was editorial assistant on a short-lived pro-independence newspaper, the Scottish Standard. Before her election to Parliament Campbell also worked for Nicola Sturgeon and as a researcher for Shona Robison and Stewart Hosie.[citation needed]

Aileen married Graham Fraser White in Collace Kirk, Perthshire, on 15 August 2009.[3]

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

At the 2007 Scottish Parliament election she was the SNP candidate for the Clydesdale constituency where she finished second but was subsequently elected as an addition a member for the South of Scotland region due to Campbell being fifth on the SNP's regional list.

Campbell suffered a minor injury on 23 January 2008, receiving medical treatment at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary before returning to the parliament for a vote.[4] The vote was won by 64 votes to 62.[5]

In early 2009 Campbell launched the "Play it again" scheme with the Scottish Arts Council and others to encourage people across Scotland to donate their unwanted and unloved musical instruments to be passed on to children across the country to give them the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of music.[6][7] Campbell was nominated for Real Radio's "Best New Scottish Politician 2009 Award".[8]

Campbell was elected as MSP for Clydesdale on 5 May 2011 after receiving an 8.9% swing from Labour, giving her a majority of 4,216.

She served as Minister for Local Government and Planning from 25 May 2011 until 6 December 2011.[9] when she was moved to the position of Minister for Children and Young People. On 18 December 2014, Campbell began maternity leave and Fiona McLeod acted as Minister for Children and Young People until Campbell returned on 1 September 2015. This was the first time that a Minister of the Scottish Government had taken maternity leave.[10]

In the 2016 election she was re-elected as the MSP for Clydesdale with an increased majority.[11]

On 18 May 2016 she was moved to the post of Minister for Public Health and Sport in a reshuffle.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buie, Elizabeth (13 January 2012). "Aileen Campbell". TES. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "SNP names Holyrood candidate". Carluke Gazette. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Salmond sends wedding wish". Edinburgh Evening News. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "MSP returns despite soup incident". BBC News. 23 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Scots budget clears first hurdle". BBC News. 23 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Musical cast-offs play it again". BBC News. 2 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Franz Ferdinand bassist in call for old instruments". The Herald. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Real Radio
  9. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 4: Campbell, Aileen". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "New ministerial line-up unveiled" (Press release). Scottish Government. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Clydesdale goes with the flow in election". Carluke Gazette. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Who is in the 2016 Scottish cabinet?". BBC News. 18 May 2016. 

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Karen Gillon
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Clydesdale
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011–present
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