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Frank McAveety MSP

Assumed office 
6 May 1999
Preceded by new constituency
Majority 2,881 (19.5%)

Born 27 June 1962 (1962-06-27) (age 47)
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Alma mater University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow

Frank McAveety (born 27 July 1962) is a Scottish Labour Co-operative Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Shettleston.

He was educated at All Saints Secondary School, Glasgow, at the University of Strathclyde and at St. Andrew's College of Education in Glasgow.

Before his election to the Scottish Parliament, he taught English at Holyrood Secondary in Crosshill, St Gregory's Secomdary and Garthamlock Secondary Schools in the East End of Glasgow and at St Brendan's High School, Linwood, Renfrewshire. He was a member of Glasgow District Council from 1988 until 1996 and served as Convenor of the Arts and Culture Committee, which developed the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art and initiated plans for the largescale development of Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow.

McAveety served as Leader of the Glasgow City Council from 1997 until 1999, during which time he initiated the largest ever investment package for Glasgow Secondary Schools in generations and pioneered the removal of housing debt for City Housing Tenants. He also established the first ever Local Authority Standards Committee, which was the influence for the establishment of the Commission for Scotland by the Parliament a few years later.

When elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Local Government in the Scottish Executive and served in that position until 2000. He returned to office as Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care in May 2002. As Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport following the Scottish Parliamentary Election, 2003, he established the National Theatre of Scotland, which has gone from strength to strength resulting in the award-winning play, Blackwatch and other acclaimed productions. In his capacity as Sports Minister, McAveety advocated using sports investment as an opportunity for community regeneration and he oversaw Scotland's largest ever investment in national sports infrastructure, being developed in the East End of Glasgow. He also conducted a successful campaign to bring the headquarters of Sportscotland, the national sports agency, to the East End of Glasgow. McAveety was re-elected to the Scottish Parliament on May 3, 2007 and as of January 2009 serves as Convener of the Public Petitions Committee and is the Scottish Labour Party's Shadow Minister for Sport. He is currently leading a campaign in 2009 to establish access for children free of charge to professional football matches in Scotland.

He is a Celtic and Scotland F.C supporter and regularly turns out for the Scottish Parliamentary Football Team who have been involved in a number of charity events that have received national media coverage.

Frank is an avid music fan, known for his knowledge of music. He has written the praises of David Bowie in the Scotsman newspaper and he used to compose a regular feature for Magazine, whih celebrated and recommended his favourite albums. In April 2005, the Scotsman newspaper dubbed him the "daddy of parliamentary pop", in reference to his Chamber speech in support of a motion recognising Franz Ferdinand for their contribution to Scottish popular music and culture.

McAveety has served as a board member for the Arches Theatre Company in Glasgow, Enterprise Scotland and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. As of January 2009 he serves on the boards of the Scottish Youth Theatre and the Fields in Trust Scotland (formerly National Playing Fields Association).

See also

List of Scottish Executive Ministerial Teams

External links

  • [1] Scottish Parliament biography
  • [2] Scottish Executive
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Shettleston
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Watson
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport
Succeeded by
Patricia Ferguson
Preceded by
Hugh Henry
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
Succeeded by
Tom McCabe
Preceded by
Office Created
Deputy Minister for Local Government
Succeeded by
Office Abolished


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