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Fiona Jane Hyslop (born 1 August 1964) is a Scottish politician who is the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs 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

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Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs
Assumed office
19 May 2011
First MinisterAlex Salmond
Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded byOffice established
Minister for Culture and External Affairs
In office
1 December 2009 – 19 May 2011
First MinisterAlex Salmond
Preceded byMichael Russell
Succeeded byHumza Yousaf
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
In office
17 May 2007 – 1 December 2009
First MinisterAlex Salmond
Preceded byHugh Henry
Succeeded byMichael Russell
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Linlithgow
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded byMary Mulligan
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Lothians
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1964-08-01) 1 August 1964 (age 55)
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Spouse(s)Kenneth Anderson
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow
Heriot-Watt University
OccupationSales and marketing executive


Family life and backgroundEdit

Fiona Hyslop was born in Irvine, Ayrshire. She spent her early years in England before returning to Ayrshire where she attended Alloway Primary School[1] and 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.[2][3]

Early political careerEdit

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.[3]

Scottish ParliamentEdit

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.[4] In both the 2003[5] and 2007 elections, she stood for the Linlithgow constituency.[6] 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.[7]

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 in the Linlithgow constituency, defeating three-term incumbent Mary Mulligan of the Labour party by 4,091 votes.[8] She was re-elected in the 2016 Linlithgow constituency elections, beating Angela Boyd Moohan (Labour) by 9,335 votes.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Hyslop lives in Linlithgow with her husband and their three children.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Scots vote Tam o' Shanter favourite Robert Burns poem". BBC News. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Fiona Hyslop. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Fiona Hyslop: Personal information". The Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Lothian Election 1999". BBC News. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Scottish Parliament Elections: 1 May 2003" (PDF). House of Commons Library. 14 May 2003. ISSN 1368-8456.
  6. ^ "Scottish elections 2007". BBC News. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Demoted SNP education secretary endorses successor". BBC News. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  8. ^ Sandford, Mark (24 May 2011). "Scottish Parliament Elections: 2011" (PDF). House of Commons. ISSN 1368-8456.
  9. ^ "Scotland Election 2016". BBC News. Retrieved 5 October 2018.

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