- Iain Gray
name = Iain Gray
honorific-suffix = MSP
imagesize = 150px
office=Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament
13 September 2008
constituency_MP2 = East Lothian
parliament2 = Scottish
majority2 = 2,448 (7.1%)
3 May 2007
John Home Robertson
constituency_MP3 = Edinburgh Pentlands
parliament3 = Scottish
6 May 1999
1 May 2003
predecessor3 = "new constituency"
birth_date = Birth date and age|1957|06|7|df=yes
Scottish Labour Party
University of Edinburgh
Iain Gray (born
June 7 1957, Edinburgh) is the member of the Scottish Parliamentfor East Lothian and the leader of the Labour parliamentary group in the Scottish Parliament. He was elected to the parliament in the 2007 Scottish election and elected by his party as leader of the Labour group on 13th September 2008 following the resignation of Wendy Alexander. Previously he was MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands constituency from 1999 to 2003.
Gray was educated at
Inverness Royal Academyand the exclusive, and at the time boys only, independent fee paying George Watson's Collegebefore studying physics at the University of Edinburgh. After graduation he worked as a teacher including a stint in Mozambiqueduring that country's Marxist era, before joining the charity Oxfam.
Immediately after his election to
Holyroodhe was made a deputy minister in the first Scottish Executivein 1999 and following Jack McConnell's becoming First Minister he was promoted to Minister for Social Justice. After the surprise resignation of Wendy Alexanderin 2002, Gray took over her role as Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, where he was responsible for overseeing significant changes to Scottish higher education and was widely-regarded for his handing of economic activity issues.
In the 2003 election he was defeated by the then Scottish Conservative leader
David McLetchie, whom he had beaten in 1999. After leaving Holyrood, he worked as a special advisorto the Scottish Officeunder Alistair Darlingand initially announced he would not be seeking re-election. However he was selected as the Labour candidate for East Lothian for the 2007 elections and subsequently won re-election.
In early 2005 he was diagnosed with an extreme viral infection of the parotid salivary glands. This inhibited his political career for the remainder of the year and despite making a full recovery, the physical affects of the infection remain present.
Gray was appointed Labour's shadow spokesman for enterprise, energy and tourism upon his return to Parliament.
In July 2008, Gray announced he would stand in the contest to find the next leader of the Labour group in the Scottish Parliament, and was elected to this post in September 2008.
* [http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msp/membersPages/iain_gray/index.htm Iain Gray MSP] biography at the Scottish Parliament website
* [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2002/05/1572 Scottish Government biography]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7614081.stm Gray becomes Scots Labour leader]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/7618474.stm Labour frontline team announced]
title = Iain Gray
titlestyle = style="background:#eee;
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.