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Tavish Scott MSP


Incumbent
Assumed office 
26 August 2008
Preceded by Nicol Stephen

In office
23 June 2005 – 17 May 2007
First Minister Jack McConnell
Preceded by Nicol Stephen
Succeeded by Stewart Stevenson

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Shetland
Incumbent
Assumed office 
6 May 1999
Majority 4,409 (50.1%)

Born 6 May 1966 (1966-05-06) (age 43)
Political party Scottish Liberal Democrats
Alma mater Napier College, Edinburgh

Tavish Scott (born 6 May 1966) is a Scottish politician and Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, having been elected on 26 August 2008 with 59% (1,450) of the votes.[1]

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Background

Tavish Scott attended Anderson High School, Lerwick, Shetland and holds a BA from Napier College, Edinburgh (now Napier University). After graduating, he worked as a parliamentary assistant to Jim Wallace, then Member of Parliament for Orkney and Shetland, and then as a Press Officer for the Scottish Liberal Democrats. He then returned to Shetland and became a farmer and also a councillor on Shetland Islands Council and Chairman of the Lerwick Harbour Trust. He is married with three children.[2]

Scottish Parliament

Scott was elected the first Member of the Scottish Parliament for Shetland in May 1999. He was also the first parliamentarian for the Shetland Islands as a distinct entity; up to that point there had only been a single UK parliamentary constituency for both Orkney and Shetland.

He served as a Deputy Minister for Parliament in the Scottish Executive from 2000 to 2001 in succession to his colleague Iain Smith, but resigned after refusing to support the Executive in a vote in the Parliament on a tie-up scheme for fishing. In 2003 he returned to the Scottish Executive as Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Services. During his time there his department piloted the Local Governance (Scotland) Act, which changed the elections for local authorities in Scotland to a proportional representation system. Following Nicol Stephen's election as party leader and succession as Deputy First Minister of Scotland in 2005, Scott was appointed to the Cabinet as Minister for Transport.

He was re-elected with an increased majority in May 2007,[3] and held the largest margin by percentage, 50.1%, of any MSP over their closest challenger.

Leadership candidate

After the resignation of his friend and former Ministerial colleague Nicol Stephen, Scott declared his candidacy for the leadership of the Scottish Liberal Democrats on 7 July 2008 at Lerwick harbour, surrounded by a group of men dressed as Vikings which is a tradition in Shetland called Up Helly Aa where Shetlanders celebrate their Viking heritage.[4] On 26 August 2008, he was announced the winner of the leadership contest with 59% of the votes.

References

Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Shetland
1999–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Nicol Stephen
Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
2008–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Nicol Stephen
Minister for Transport and Telecommunications
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Stewart Stevenson
as Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change
Preceded by
Peter Peacock
Deputy Minister for Finance
2003–2005
Succeeded by
George Lyon
Preceded by
Iain Smith
Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business
2000–2001
Succeeded by
Euan Robson

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