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Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

Fiona Hyslop MSP
Fiona Hyslop MSPBiography

Born in Ayrshire in 1964, in her early years Fiona Hyslop was brought up in England before returning to Scotland and graduating from Glasgow University with an MA (Hons) in Economic History and sociology.

She completed a post graduate Diploma in Industrial Administration at the Scottish College of Textiles, before moving to Edinburgh to join the financial services company Standard Life where she held various positions in sales and marketing, latterly as Brand Development Manager. Ms  Hyslop was elected a Lothians MSP in 1999 and was a member of the Parliament’s Education Committee.

Following the Scottish Parliament Elections in May 2011, she was elected MSP for Linlithgow and was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs. The portfolio responsibility for Europe was added in November 2014.  In May 2016, she was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

Culture and the arts, broadcasting, architecture, built heritage, national identity, cross government co-ordination on bringing major events to Scotland, national records, fair trade, tourism, international development, cross-government co-ordination on European Union and international relations, Scottish diaspora, creative industries.

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