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Patricia Ferguson

Patricia Josephine Ferguson (born 24 September 1958, Glasgow) was a Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn, a seat which she held since 2011, having previously (1999-2011) been an MSP for the then Glasgow Maryhill constituency. She lost her seat to the SNP's Bob Doris at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Patricia Ferguson
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn
Glasgow Maryhill (1999-2011)
In office
6 May 1999 – 23 May 2016
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byBob Doris
Personal details
Born (1958-09-24) 24 September 1958 (age 61)
Political partyScottish Labour Party
Spouse(s)Bill Butler


Ferguson was educated at Garnethill Convent Secondary School in Glasgow, and at Glasgow College of Technology, where she obtained an HNC in Public Administration. She spent part of her childhood living in the city's Red Road Flats.[1]

Prior to entering the Scottish Parliament, she worked as a health service administrator, with the Scottish Trades Union Congress and with the Scottish Labour Party.

Member of the Scottish ParliamentEdit

After being elected as MSP for Glasgow Maryhill in May 1999 she was Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and, more recently, as a member of the Parliament's Standards and Procedures Committees. She led the British-Irish Parliamentary Body delegation.

She was first appointed to the Scottish Executive Cabinet in November 2001 as Minister for Parliament when Jack McConnell became First Minister and was re-appointed as Minister for Parliamentary Business after the 2003 election. She became Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport in October 2004.

In 2006, her name was included on a variant of a Nigerian scam email after a high-profile trip to Malawi as part of her Scottish Executive brief.

She is married to former Labour MSP Bill Butler.


  1. ^ "Red Road flats: Glasgow city officials apologise for botched demolition". the Guardian. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2019.

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Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill
Political offices
Preceded by
Frank McAveety
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport
Succeeded by
Office Abolished
Preceded by
Tom McCabe
Minister for Parliamentary Business
Succeeded by
Margaret Curran
Preceded by
Peter Peacock
Minister for Gaelic
Succeeded by
Linda Fabiani