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Hyslop in 2017
|Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture|
19 May 2011
|First Minister|| Alex Salmond |
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Minister for Culture and External Affairs|
1 December 2009 –19 May 2011
|First Minister||Alex Salmond|
|Preceded by||Michael Russell|
|Succeeded by||Humza Yousaf|
|Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning|
17 May 2007 –1 December 2009
|First Minister||Alex Salmond|
|Preceded by||Hugh Henry|
|Succeeded by||Michael Russell|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament |
5 May 2011
|Preceded by||Mary Mulligan|
|Member of the Scottish Parliament |
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
6 May 1999 –5 May 2011
|Born||1 August 1964|
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Alma mater|| University of Glasgow |
|Occupation||Sales and marketing executive|
Fiona Jane Hyslop (born 1 August 1964) is a Scottish politician who is the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture and the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Linlithgow constituency since 2011, having represented the Lothians Region from 1999 to 2011.
Fiona Hyslop was born in Irvine, Ayrshire. She spent her early years in England before returning to Ayrshire where she attended Alloway Primary Schooland Ayr Academy. She earned an MA (Hons) in Economic History and Sociology from the University of Glasgow and a Post-graduate Diploma in Industrial Administration from the Scottish College of Textiles. From 1986 until her election in 1999 she worked for the Standard Life Assurance Company.
Hyslop joined the SNP in 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 Council elections, and in the 1990 and 1994 Lothian Regional Council elections. 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 served on the SNP Executive Committee.
Hyslop stood for election to the Scottish Parliament in the 1999 Parliamentary Election as third on the SNP's list for the Lothians Region, and was elected as an SNP additional member.In both the 2003 and 2007 elections, she stood for the Linlithgow constituency. Although she failed to win this constituency on both occasions, she was re-elected from the regional list.
The SNP formed a minority government following the 2007 election, with Alex Salmond as First Minister. Salmond appointed Hyslop as the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, a portfolio she had previously shadowed. In December 2009, and facing a motion of no confidence, she was demoted from the cabinet to the junior Minister post of Minister for Culture and External Affairs.
Following the SNP victory in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, she was promoted back into Cabinet as Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. She has remained in post since.
In the 2011 election, she stood again in the Linlithgow constituency, defeating three-term incumbent Mary Mulligan of the Scottish Labour Party by 4,091 votes.She was re-elected in 2016, beating the Labour candidate by 9,335 votes.
Hyslop lives in Linlithgow with her husband and their three children.
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| Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothians |
| Member of the Scottish Parliament for Linlithgow |
| Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning |
| Minister for Culture and External Affairs |
| Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs |