Rt Hon Henry McLeish

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Henry McLeish is a Scottish politician, author and academic who served as First Minister of Scotland from 2000 to 2001. A member of the Scottish Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Central Fife from 1987 to 2001 and Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the equivalent seat from 1999 to 2003.


He was first elected for Central Fife at the 1987 general election and served as Minister of State for Scotland following the 1997 general election. When the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999, he contested and won the Central Fife constituency in that year’s election.

Rt Hon Henry McLeish
Former First Minister of Scotland, 2000-2001
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