Jamieson is ASLEF choice in Scotland

28 July 2008

ASLEF’s general secretary Keith Norman is urging support for Cathy Jamieson in the forthcoming election for Leader of the Scottish Labour Party. ‘Our union shares Cathy's vision for social justice in Scotland, we know her as a forthright and open politician and welcome her understanding of our union and our industry,’ he said.


Cathy is currently the Deputy Party Leader in Scotland, and is the MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, a position she has held since 1999. One of her first duties was as a member of the Transport and Environment Committee.


In 2001, as Minister for Education and Young People, Cathy initiated the biggest Scottish school building programme in a generation. For four years from 2003, when she was Scotland’s Justice Minister, Cathy took a leading role on anti-social behaviour, tackling violence and sectarianism. She also commissioned a major review of Scotland's Civil Justice system.


Cathy was born in Kilmarnock and was one of the first pupils to benefit from comprehensive education in Ayrshire. Among other qualifications, she has a degree from Glasgow’s School of Art.

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