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Shona Robison
MSP
Shona Robinson, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scotland.png
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
In office
21 November 2014 – 26 June 2018
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded by Alex Neil
Succeeded by Jeane Freeman
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights
In office
22 April 2014 – 21 November 2014
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Alex Neil
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Dundee City East
Dundee East 2003-2011
Assumed office
1 May 2003
Preceded by John McAllion
Majority 10,898
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
In office
6 May 1999 – 1 May 2003
Personal details
Born (1966-05-26) 26 May 1966 (age 52)
Redcar, Yorkshire, England
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Stewart Hosie (separated)
Children 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Jordanhill College
Profession Community worker,
Home care organiser
Website shona.robison.scot

Shona McRory Robison (born 26 May 1966) is a Scottish politician who is the Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dundee City East since 2011 and was Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport 2014–2018. She was elected as a Scottish National Party candidate in the 2003 election.[1] Previously she had represented the SNP as an Additional Members System member for North East Scotland, having been elected in the 1999 election.[2] She first became a member of the Cabinet in April 2014.

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Early life and careerEdit

Born in Redcar, England, she went to Alva Academy, and then gained an MA in Social Sciences at Glasgow University in 1989, and gained a Postgraduate Cert in Community Education, obtained in 1990 at Jordanhill College. She was active in the SNP Youth Wing along with figures such as Nicola Sturgeon and Fiona Hyslop.

Political careerEdit

In 2003 she became the SNP's Party Spokesperson on Health, remaining in this position until 2007.[3]

After the SNP's victory in the 2007 Scottish Parliament Election, Robison was appointed as the Minister for Public Health.[4] In 2009, she was made Minister for Public Health and Sport in a Ministerial reshuffle.[5] Following the 2011 election, she was made Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, with Michael Matheson taking on the Minister for Public Health portfolio. In April 2014, Alex Salmond promoted her to the full Cabinet position of Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights. Robison was moved to the Health brief, as Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, in Nicola Sturgeon's first Ministerial reshuffle in November 2014. On 18 May 2016 Sturgeon reshuffled her cabinet with Robison remaining, with her position now being called Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.[6]

On 26 June 2018 her resignation from the Cabinet was announced, immediately ahead of a cabinet reshuffle.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

She was married to Stewart Hosie,[8] who is the Westminster MP for Dundee East and was previously the SNP's Depute Leader. They have one daughter. It was announced on 15 May 2016 that the couple have separated.[9] This was followed by reports that Hosie had had an affair with Westminster-based freelance journalist Serena Cowdy.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Labour suffers election casualties". BBC News. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 1 (1999-2003): Shona Robison MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Shona Robison MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Scottish Executive". The Herald (Glasgow). 17 May 2007. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007-2011): Shona Robison MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Scottish cabinet reshuffle: John Swinney becomes education secretary". BBC News. 18 May 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Shona Robison quits as Nicola Sturgeon reshuffles cabinet". BBC News. 26 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "International Women's Day Debate". House of Commons Hansard Debates. 6 March 2008. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2008. 
  9. ^ "SNP husband and wife Stewart Hosie and Shona Robison separate". The Scotsman. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Reporters, Telegraph (17 May 2016). "SNP MPs Stewart Hosie and Angus MacNeil split from wives over alleged affairs with same woman" – via www.telegraph.co.uk. 

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for North East Scotland
19992003
Succeeded by
Marlyn Glen
Preceded by
John McAllion
as Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Dundee East
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Dundee City East
Dundee East (20032011)

2003–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Lewis Macdonald
as Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
Minister for Public Health and Sport
2007–2011
Succeeded by
Michael Matheson
Preceded by
Office established
Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Jamie Hepburn
as Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health
Preceded by
Office established
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights
2014
Succeeded by
Alex Neil
Preceded by
Alex Neil
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
2014–2018
Succeeded by
Jeane Freeman