Lesley Laird

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Lesley Laird
MP
Lesley Laird Official Parliamentary Photo.jpg
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Assumed office
14 June 2017
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Shadowing David Mundell
Preceded by David Anderson
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
Assumed office
4 June 2018
Acting: 16 December 2017 – 4 June 2018
Leader Richard Leonard
Preceded by Alex Rowley
Member of Parliament
for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded by Roger Mullin
Majority 259 (0.6%)
Personal details
Born (1958-11-15) 15 November 1958 (age 59)
Greenock, Scotland, UK
Political party Labour
Alma mater James Watt College
Glasgow Caledonian
University

Edinburgh Napier University
Website Official website

Lesley Margaret Laird (born 15 November 1958)[1] is the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party and the MP for Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath.[2] Laird narrowly defeated the sitting MP, Roger Mullin of the SNP by 259 votes.[2]

A councillor since 2012, Laird is the former deputy leader of Fife Council, where she also held the administration portfolio for economy and planning.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Greenock and educated at James Watt College, Caledonian University and then Edinburgh Napier University,[4] Laird was formerly employed in senior human resources posts in the electronic, semiconductor and financial service industries prior to election.[5]

Laird was first selected by her constituency Labour Party to contend the 2012 local government elections, and was returned alongside her Scottish Labour running mate.[6]

Laird was appointed spokesperson for economy and planning in February 2013 and one year later was elected by her fellow Labour councillors to the post of deputy leader.

Laird sought selection for the Scottish Labour regional list for the Mid Scotland and Fife region.[7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

For the 2017 snap general election, Laird was selected to stand as the Scottish Labour candidate for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency; once held by former Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

Laird overturned Roger Mullin of the SNP's majority to become the constituency's new Member of Parliament, receiving 36.8% of the vote.[8]

Laird was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland less than a week later on 14 June 2017.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lesley Laird MP". myparliament.info. MyParliament. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Lesley Laird MP". parliament.uk. UK Parliament. 20 July 2015. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ Stark, Jim (16 May 2017). "Lesley Laird is Labour candidate". Central Fife Times. Archived from the original on 15 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. ^ Laird, Lesley. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 February 2018. closed access publication – behind paywall
  5. ^ "About Lesley". lesleylaird.com. Lesley Laird. 20 June 2014. Archived from the original on 9 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Councillor Surgeries". Fifedirect.org.uk. Fife Council. Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Scottish Labour announce list candidates for May's election". LabourList. 6 February 2016. Archived from the original on 27 May 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Election 2017: Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  9. ^ Editorial team (18 June 2017). "Notes on the Reshuffle". New Socialist. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roger Mullin
Member of Parliament
for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

2017–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
David Anderson
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
2017–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Alex Rowley
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
Acting

2017–present
Incumbent