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|Member of the Scottish Parliament
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
|Preceded by||new constituency|
|Succeeded by||constituency abolished|
19 January 1950 |
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
Rhona Brankin (born 19 January 1950) is a former Labour Co-operative Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Midlothian constituency. She was first elected in 1999 and was re-elected in 2003 and 2007. She was one of six female Labour MSPs to stand down in 2011.
Brankin is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and before entering the Scottish Parliament she was a teacher and a lecturer on special educational needs. She was former Chair of the Scottish Labour Party. She is married with two grown-up daughters.
Brankin was Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport in the Scottish Executive from 1999–2000 and Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development from 2000-2001. In October 2004 she was appointed Deputy Minister for Health and Community care, returning to the Environment and Rural Development portfolio in June 2005. In January 2007 she was promoted to Minister for Communities after the resignation of Malcolm Chisholm. Following Labour's defeat at the hands of the SNP at the May 2007 election, Brankin became shadow Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning. She was convener of the Public Petitions Committee from June 2010.
Prior to the 2011 elections, Brankin announced her decision not to stand for re-election, retiring from Holyrood after 12 years. The Midlothian constituency underwent boundary changes, and the two new constituencies created, Midlothian North and Musselburgh, and Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, were won by the SNP.
- Jordanhill College School, Glasgow
- Aberdeen University, BEd, History/Politics Studies, graduated 1975; Additional Teaching qualification in Primary, obtained 1982
- Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh; DipSE (Special Educational Needs), obtained 1989
- 1975-1977: Teacher, Dingwall Primary School
- 1983-1984: Learning Support Teacher, Invergordon Academy
- 1984-1988: Teacher, South Lodge Primary School, Invergordon
- 1988-1990: Senior Teacher Learning Support, Alness Academy
- 1990-1994: Principal Teacher Learning Support, Inverness High School
- 1994-1999: Lecturer in Special Education Needs, Northern College, Dundee
- 1999-2011: MSP for Midlothian
- 1999-2000: Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport
- 2000-2001: Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development
- 2004-2005: Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
- 2005-2007: Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development
- 2007-2007: Minister for Communities
- 2007-2008: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment
- 2008-2009: Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
- "Previous MSPs: Session 1 (1999-2003): Rhona Brankin". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Rhona Brankin". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- "Brankin to fill communities post". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 9 January 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
- Denholm, Andrew (13 October 2007). "It’s money schools need, says Brankin". The Herald (Newsquest). Retrieved 1 November 2008.
- "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007-2011): Rhona Brankin". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- "Brankin to retire from Holyrood". BBC News. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
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|Member of the Scottish Parliament for Midlothian
|Minister for Communities
as Minister for Communities and Sport
|Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development
|Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
John Home Robertson
|Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development
|Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport