- Rhona Brankin
name = Rhona Brankin
imagesize = 150px
constituency_MP = Midlothian
parliament = Scottish
majority = 1,702 (6.8%)
6 May 1999
predecessor = "new constituency"
birth_date = Birth date and age|1950|01|19|df=yes
University of Aberdeen
Rhona Brankin (born
19 January 1950) a Labour Co-operativepolitician and was first elected to represent Midlothian in the Scottish Parliamentin 1999 and was re-elected in 2003 and 2007.
Brankin is a graduate of the
University of Aberdeenand before entering the Scottish Parliamentshe was a teacherand a lecturer on special educational needs. She was former chair of the Scottish Labour Party. She is married with two grown-up daughters.
Deputy Minister for Culture and Sportin the Scottish Executivefrom 1999-2000 and Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Developmentfrom 2000-2001. In October 2004 she was appointed Deputy Minister for Healthand Community Care, returning to the Environment and Rural Development portfolio in June 2005.
In January 2007 she was promoted to Minister for Communities after the resignation of
Following Labour's defeat at the hands of the SNP at the May 2007 election, Brankin became shadow Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning.
* [http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msp/membersPages/rhona_brankin/index.htm Scottish Parliament biography]
* [http://www.rhonabrankin.com Constituency website]
* [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/Ministers/communities Rhona Brankin MSP] Biography at Scottish Executive website
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