Kezia Dugdale

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Kezia Dugdale
Kezia Dugdale MSP Scottish Parliament.jpg
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
In office
13 December 2014 – 13 June 2015
Leader Jim Murphy
Preceded by Anas Sarwar
Succeeded by TBA
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for the Lothian Region
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1981-08-28) 28 August 1981 (age 33)
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Scottish Labour and Co-Operative Party
Residence Lochend, Edinburgh
Alma mater University of Aberdeen

University of Edinburgh

Cabinet Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Kezia Dugdale (born 28 August 1981)[1] is a Scottish Labour Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, representing the Lothian region.[1] She was Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party until 13 June 2015, when she resigned in order to seek the Leadership.[2]


Dugdale was born in Aberdeen in 1981.[1] She completed secondary school in Harris Academy in Dundee, where she was Head Girl.[3] 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.[1]

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.[1]

She worked from 2007 to 2011 for the Labour Lothians Regional MSP George Foulkes, Baron Foulkes of Cumnock as his office manager and political adviser.[1]

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

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.[4][5]

Dugdale was appointed to the post of Scottish Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 29 June 2013.[6]

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.[7]

On 13 June 2015, she resigned the Deputy leadership in order to seek the leadership in the leadership election.[2]

Policy positions[edit]

She has said she wants to end the charitable status of private schools in Scotland affording tax breaks which she described as unfair to state schools.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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.