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Encyclopedia > Andy Kerr

Andy Kerr (born 17 March 1962, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire) is a Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament for East Kilbride constituency, a seat which he has held since 1999. March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in leap years). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... East Kilbride (Cille Bhrìghde an Ear in Scottish Gaelic) is a large town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. ... South Lanarkshire (Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland, covering the southern part of the traditional county of Lanarkshire. ... The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in the United Kingdom. ... Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) (Ball Pàrlamaid na h-Alba (BPA) in Gaelic) is the title given to any one of the 129 individuals elected to serve in the Scottish Parliament. ... East Kilbride is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). ...


In November 2006 he won the Scottish Politician of the Year award in recognition of his work to bring in the controversial smoking ban in public places.[1] Scottish Politician of the Year is an annual award established in 1999. ...

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Biography

Kerr was educated at Claremont High School in East Kilbride and obtained a BA in Social Sciences at Glasgow College. Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ... Glasgow Caledonian University is a University in Glasgow, Scotland. ...


Prior to being elected to the Scottish Parliament, he was a senior officer in Glasgow City Council land services department and served as an adviser in the Leader's office. He was also founder and managing director of Achieving, a quality assurance consultancy. For the national legislative body up to 1707, see Parliament of Scotland. ... The City of Glasgow is one of the 32 Scottish unitary authorities and came into being in 1995. ...


He was convener of the Scottish Parliament's Transport and Environment Committee and served on the Confederation of British Industry working group designed to bring MSPs and business closer together as well as being on the cross-party group on ageing and the elderly. Convener or Convenor is a Scots, and Scottish English, gender-neutral word that approximates chairman. ... CBI logo The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) was formed in 1965 and exists as a pressure group and a lobbying organisation for its members. ...


Andy Kerr is considered to be an ally of Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Jack McConnell, working with him on his two successive bids for the leadership of Scottish Labour and the position of First Minister. Upon Jack McConnell's election as First Minister the Scottish Executive underwent a rigorous cabinet reshuffle, allowing McConnell to assert his authority by axeing potential rivals and award allies key posts. Motherwell and Wishaw is a constituency of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood). ... The Right Honourable Jack Wilson McConnell MSP (born June 30, 1960 in Irvine, North Ayrshire) is a Scottish politician, leader of the Labour Party in Scotland and the third and current First Minister of Scotland. ...


Andy Kerr was first appointed Minister for Finance and Public Services in the Scottish Executive in November 2001 and moved to become Minister for Health and Community Care in October 2004, replacing his embattled predecessor, Malcolm Chisolm. Dewar Government Donald Dewar, Scotlands first First Minister, obtained the Scottish Parliaments approval to the first slate of members of the Scottish Executive and Junior Scottish Ministers on 19 May 1999. ... The Executives logo, shown with English and Scottish Gaelic caption The term Scottish Executive is used in two different, but closely-related senses: to denote the executive arm of Scotlands national legislature (i. ...


As Health Minister, Andy Kerr is overseeing massive and controversial NHS restructuring throughout Scotland. In particular, he has encouraged the backdoor privitisation of the NHS via PFI and PPP initiatives. In his own constituency of East Kilbride, Hairmyres Hospital was rebuilt with private finance but with less beds than it had previously. East Kilbride (Cille Bhrìghde an Ear in Scottish Gaelic) is a large town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. ... Hairmyres Hospital is located in East Kilbride. ...


He was also responsible for the Scottish ban on smoking in public areas which was introduced on March 26, 2006. March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (86th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Kerr now lives in Strathaven with his wife and three daughters. Common Green, the centre of Strathaven Strathaven (pronounced: Straven , meaning: valley of the Avon) is a small town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. ...


Reference

  1. ^ "Kerr and island campaign win top awards", The Herald, 17 November, 2006

Charles Mackintoshs Glasgow Herald building, now The Lighthouse The Herald is a national broadsheet newspaper published Monday to Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland, with an audited circulation of 71,000, making it the best-selling national Scottish broadsheet newspaper. ...

See also

Dewar Government Donald Dewar, Scotlands first First Minister, obtained the Scottish Parliaments approval to the first slate of members of the Scottish Executive and Junior Scottish Ministers on 19 May 1999. ...

External links

  • Scottish Parliament biography
  • Scottish Executive
  • No butts, it's our liberty that's going up in smoke Scotland on Sunday opinion piece on the affects of Scotland's smoking ban

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