- Sarah Boyack
Sarah Boyack MSP Member of the Scottish Parliament
Incumbent Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by Constituency Created Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Edinburgh Central
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by Constituency Created Succeeded by Marco Biagi Personal details Born 16 May 1961
Political party Scottish Labour Party Alma mater University of Glasgow Website www.sarahboyack.net
Educated at the Royal High School, Edinburgh, she became a student at the University of Glasgow in 1979. She became active in the Labour Club, where she was a protege of Margaret Curran. She became chair of the Labour Club in 1981-82, and chair of the National Organisation of Labour Students in 1985-86. During her time at Glasgow University, she was involved in supporting the twinning with Bir Zeit University in the West Bank.
Boyack's father was an important figure in the Labour Party and the campaign for Scottish devolution.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
She was elected to the new Scottish Parliament in 1999, and she was Minister for the Environment, Planning and Transport in the Scottish Executive from 1999-2000. Then Minister for Transport 2000-2001 during which time she introduced one of Scottish Labour's flagship policies of free bus travel for people over 60. She was elected Convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Environment and Rural Development Committee in June 2003 and stood down in January 2007 when she returned to the Scottish Executive as Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development.
In November 2004 Sarah received the RSPB Goldcrest Award for the most outstanding contribution to the development of environmental policy in Scotland since devolution and in December 2005 was named the Scottish Renewables Best Politician.
She lost her seat in the 2011 Scottish Parliament general election to Marco Biagi of the SNP but was elected on the Lothian Regional List.
- sarahboyack.com Constituency website
- Scottish Parliament webpage
- 19 March 2011 Speech on environment and rural affairs at the Scottish Labour website
- Sarah Boyack Biography at the Scottish Labour website
- Voting Record — Sarah Boyack MSP, Edinburgh Central
Scottish Parliament New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Edinburgh Central
Political offices Preceded by
Deputy Minister for the Environment and Rural Development
as Minister for Environment
Minister for Transport and Planning
as Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning
Minister for Transport and the Environment
Convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Environment and Rural Development Committee
Members of the Scottish Parliament in the Lothians region Elected in the 2011 election Constituency MSPsAngela Constance (SNP, Almond Valley) · Marco Biagi (SNP, Edinburgh Central) · Kenny MacAskill (SNP, Edinburgh Eastern) · Malcolm Chisholm (Lab, Edinburgh Northern and Leith) · Gordon MacDonald (SNP, Edinburgh Pentlands) · Jim Eadie (SNP, Edinburgh Southern) · Colin Keir (SNP, Edinburgh Western) · Fiona Hyslop (SNP, Linlithgow) · Colin Beattie (SNP, Midlothian North and Musselburgh) Additional Members SNP (8 seats), Labour (4 seats), Conservative (2 seats), Greens (1 seat), Independent (1 seat) Scottish Labour MSPs Opposition frontbenchShadow cabinetJackie Baillie (health) · Richard Baker (finance) · Sarah Boyack (rural/environment) · Patricia Ferguson (culture) · Iain Gray (leader) · Johann Lamont (justice) ·
Lewis Macdonald (infrastructure) · Ken Macintosh (education) · Paul Martin (parliamentary business) · Michael McMahon (local government) · John Park (whip)Deputy spokespersons
BackbenchersClaudia Beamish · Neil Bibby · Malcolm Chisholm · Kezia Dugdale · Helen Eadie · Mary Fee · Neil Findlay · Mark Griffin · Hugh Henry · Hanzala Malik · Jenny Marra · Margaret McCulloch · Margaret McDougall · Siobhan McMahon · Duncan McNeil · Anne McTaggart · Graeme Pearson · John Pentland · Drew Smith · Elaine Smith · David Stewart Members of the 4th Scottish Parliament
elected in the 2011 election
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