- Fiona Hyslop
name = Fiona Hyslop
honorific-suffix = MSP
imagesize = Fiona Hyslop
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
17 May 2007
(as Minister for Education)
successor = Incumbent
constituency_MP2 = Lothians
parliament2 = Scottish
6 May 1999
predecessor2 = "new parliament"
birth_date = Birth date and age|1964|08|01|df=yes
birth_place = Irvine,
nationality = Scottish
Scottish National Party
University of Glasgow
Fiona Hyslop (born
1 August, 1964, in Irvine, North Ayrshire) is a Scottish National Partypolitician, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learningand Member of the Scottish Parliamentfor the Lothians region since 1999.
Family life and background
Fiona Hyslop was born in Irvine,
Ayrshirein 1964. She was brought up in her early years in England, before returning to Ayrshire where she was educated at AllowayPrimary School and Ayr Academy. She graduated from the University of Glasgowwith an MA (Hons) in Economic History and Sociology. She completed a post-graduate Diploma in industrial administration at the Scottish College of Textiles. From 1986 until her election in 1999 she worked as a Brand Development Manager for the Standard LifeAssurance Company.
Early political career
Hyslop joined the SNP 1986, and was active in the SNP's youth wing,
Young Scots for Independence. She stood as an SNP candidate in the 1988 Edinburgh District Councilelections, and in the 1990 and 1994 Lothian Regional Councilelections. She also stood as candidate for Edinburgh Leith and Edinburgh Central in the 1992 and 1997 UK General Elections respectively. Hyslop was an SNP Vice Convener for Policy, and currently serves on the SNP Executive Committee.
Hyslop stood for election to the
Scottish Parliamentin the 1999 Parliamentary Election as third on the SNP's list for the Lothians Region, and was elected as an SNP additional member. In the 2003, and 2007 elections, she stood for both the Linlithgow constituency and the Lothians region. Despite failing to win this constituency on both occasions, she was subsequently re-elected as an SNP additional member.
The SNP formed a minority government following the 2007 election, with
Alex Salmondas First Minister. Salmond later appointed Hyslop as the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, a portfolio she had previously shadowed.
* [http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msp/membersPages/fiona_hyslop/index.htm Fiona Hyslop MSP] Scottish Parliament webpage
* [http://www.snp.org/people/parliamentarians/fiona-hyslop-msp Fiona Hyslop MSP] Biography from SNP website
* [http://www.fionahyslop.com/ fionahyslop.com]
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