|Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party|
13 December 2014 – 13 June 2015
|Preceded by||Anas Sarwar|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for the Lothian Region
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
5 May 2011
28 August 1981 |
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
|Political party||Scottish Labour and Co-Operative Party|
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen
|Cabinet||Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning|
Kezia Dugdale (born 28 August 1981) is a Scottish Labour Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, representing the Lothian region. She was Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party until 13 June 2015, when she resigned in order to seek the Leadership.
Dugdale was born in Aberdeen in 1981. She completed secondary school in Harris Academy in Dundee, where she was Head Girl. She then went on to study Law at the University of Aberdeen from 1999 to 2003, then completed a Masters in Policy Studies from 2004 to 2006 at the University of Edinburgh.
As well as living in Aberdeen and Dundee, she has resided in Elgin, Moray, before finally settling in Edinburgh in 2003. While studying in Edinburgh, Dugdale worked as Campaigns and Welfare Adviser for Edinburgh University Students' Association and as Public Affairs Officer at the National Union of Students Scotland.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
In 2011, she was elected to the Scottish Parliament, as Scottish Labour's second candidate on their list for the Lothian Region. She serves as a Scottish Labour and Co-operative Member and currently sits on the Local Government and Regeneration and Subordinate Legislation Committees.
In 2014, members of the Edinburgh Eastern Constituency Labour Party selected Dugdale as their candidate for the 2016 Scottish Parliament Election for Edinburgh Eastern seat. She has a weekly column in the Daily Record.
In 2014 she was elected as Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, replacing Anas Sarwar, and defeating Katy Clark. As Jim Murphy, the leader, did not have a seat in The Scottish Parliament, she stood in for him at First Minister's Questions.
Dugdale describes her interests as going to the theatre, reading Scottish crime novels and enjoying the City of Edinburgh, where she lives. She is a member of Unite the Union and the Community trade union.
- The Scottish Parliament - Current MSPs - Kezia Dugdale - Personal Information
- "Scottish Labour agree to swathe of party reforms – and new leader will be announced on August 15th". LabourList. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
- Ogston, Graeme. "City education chief denies snubbing Kezia Dugdale over visit to old school". The Courier. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
- The Scottish Parliament: - Committees - Local Government and Regeneration
- The Scottish Parliament: - Committees - Subordinate Legislation
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