Patricia Ferguson
Official portrait, 2011
Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament
In office
12 May 1999 – 27 November 2001
Serving with George Reid
Presiding OfficerDavid Steel
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMurray Tosh
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn
Glasgow Maryhill (1999–2011)
In office
6 May 1999 – 23 May 2016
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byBob Doris
Personal details
Born
Patricia Josephine Ferguson

(1958-09-24) 24 September 1958 (age 63)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyScottish Labour Party
Spouse(s)Bill Butler
Alma materGlasgow College of Technology

Patricia Josephine Ferguson (born 24 September 1958, Glasgow) is a former Scottish Labour Party politician who was the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow Maryhill constituency from 1999 until 2011 and for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn from 2011 until 2016.

Background

Ferguson was born on 24 September 1958. She was educated at Garnethill Convent Secondary School in Glasgow between 1970 and 1976, and at Glasgow College of Technology, where she obtained an HNC in Public Administration in 1978.[1] She spent part of her childhood living in the city's Red Road Flats.[2]

Prior to entering the Scottish Parliament, she worked as a health service administrator between 1978 and 1990, with the Scottish Trades Union Congress between 1990 and 1994, and with the Scottish Labour Party between 1994 and 1999.[1]

Member of the Scottish Parliament

She was first elected as an MSP in 1999 for the newly created Glasgow Maryhill constituency,[3] a seat she held until 2011 when Glasgow Maryhill was merged with other constituencies to form the Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn constituency. She won the 2011 Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn election but lost her seat in 2016[4] to SNP member Bob Doris.[5]

After being elected as MSP for Glasgow Maryhill in May 1999, she was Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 until 2001 and as a member of several of the Parliament's Standards and Procedures Committees.[6]

She was first appointed to the Scottish Executive Cabinet in November 2001 as Minister for Parliament when Jack McConnell became First Minister. She became Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport in October 2004.[4]

In 2006, her name was included on a variant of a Nigerian scam email after a high-profile trip to Malawi as part of her Scottish Executive brief.[7]

Personal life

She is married to former Labour MSP Bill Butler.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b "Patricia Ferguson – Personal Information". www.parliament.scot. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Red Road flats: Glasgow city officials apologise for botched demolition". The Guardian. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Labour a trailblazer for gender equality". Glasgow Times. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Election 2016: Former Labour cabinet minister Patricia Ferguson loses seat to SNP". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn – Scottish Parliament constituency – Election 2016". BBC News. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Patricia Ferguson". www.parliament.scot. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  7. ^ "E-mail scam uses minister's name". BBC News. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
Scottish Parliament New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill 1999–2011 Constituency abolished New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn 2011–2016 Succeeded byBob Doris Political offices Preceded byFrank McAveety Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport 2004–2007 Office abolished Preceded byTom McCabe Minister for Parliamentary Business 2001–2004 Succeeded byMargaret Curran Preceded byPeter Peacock Minister for Gaelic 2006–2007 Succeeded byLinda Fabiani