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Iain Macwhirter is a notable Scottish political commentator, who has worked at both the UK Parliament and Scottish Parliament, presenting the BBC2 programmes "Westminster Live" and "Scrutiny".


Early career

Following study at the University of Edinburgh, he worked for the BBC for almost 20 years, becoming Scottish political correspondent in 1987, then from 1989 as a member of the Westminster press contingent.

Current journalism

He writes weekly columns for the Herald and Sunday Herald, which are, along with the The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, the leading Scottish morning papers. He returned to Scotland to help launch the Sunday Herald in 1999, and has presented the Scottish Parliament magazine programme "Holyrood Live."

He also writes for the Guardian Unlimited website and the New Statesman. Macwhirter became Scottish Political Correspondent for the BBC in 1987.

Rector of The University of Edinburgh

He announced he was running for Rector of the University of Edinburgh on 12 January 2009.[1] He was backed by George Galloway following his withdrawal from the Rectorial race.[2] He was elected Rector on 13 February 2009, winning by 4822 votes to 2182 (69% to 31%).[3] He succeeds former Green MSP Mark Ballard.

Academic offices
Preceded by
Mark Ballard
Rector of the University of Edinburgh
2009 –
Succeeded by
Current incumbent



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