Malcolm Chisholm

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Malcolm Chisholm
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Edinburgh North and Leith (1999-2011)
In office
6 May 1999 – 23 March 2016
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Ben Macpherson
Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh North and Leith
Edinburgh Leith (1992–1997)
In office
9 April 1992 – 14 May 2001
Preceded by Ron Brown
Succeeded by Mark Lazarowicz
Personal details
Born (1949-03-07) 7 March 1949 (age 68)
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Alma mater University of Edinburgh

Malcolm George Richardson Chisholm (born 7 March 1949) is a Scottish Labour Party politician who was formerly: a Member of Parliament 1992–2001, Member of the Scottish Parliament 1999–2016 and a Scottish Executive minister 2001–2006.


Chisholm was Member of Parliament (MP) for Edinburgh Leith from 1992, then Edinburgh North and Leith from 1997. He served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland responsible for local government and transport minister for a few months in 1997 but resigned over lone parent benefit cuts. He remained an MP until 2001, when he stood down from the House of Commons in order to concentrate on the Scottish Parliament, to which he was elected in 1999 for the same constituency.

He became Minister for Health and Community Care in 2001, then Minister for Communities from October 2004. As Minister for Health and Community Care, Chisholm introduced and oversaw the passage of the National Health Service Reform (Scotland) Bill[1] which brought about the abolition of NHS Trusts in Scotland and the creation of Community Health Partnerships.[2]

As Minister for Communities, Chisholm oversaw investment in the building of affordable homes,[3][4] approved a proposal from Fife Council for a moratorium on council house sales in order to maintain the supply of affordable housing,[5] developed reforms of planning policy to protect green spaces,[6] and extended the Central Heating Programme and Warm Deal to provide and refurbish heating systems for pensioners.[7]

In December 2006 he criticised the decision to renew Trident, Britain's nuclear deterrent, in opposition to First Minister Jack McConnell, leading to speculation that he might be removed from office.[8] He subsequently resigned on 21 December 2006 after supporting a motion passed by the Scottish National Party that opposed the replacement of the nuclear submarines.[9]

On 17 September 2007 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Culture and External Affairs by new Scottish Labour Opposition Leader, Wendy Alexander. In September 2008 Chisholm returned to the backbenches.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ron Brown
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Leith
Succeeded by
(constituency abolished)
Preceded by
(new constituency)
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith
Succeeded by
Mark Lazarowicz
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith
Succeeded by
Ben Macpherson
Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret Curran
Minister for Communities
Succeeded by
Rhona Brankin
Preceded by
Susan Deacon
Minister for Health and Community Care
Succeeded by
Andy Kerr
Preceded by
Iain Gray
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
Succeeded by
Hugh Henry
and Mary Mulligan