Iain Gray MSP

Iain Gray MSP

c/o East Lothian Labour Party, 65 High Street, Tranent, EH33 1LN

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M1.08, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

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Iain spent his early years in Edinburgh - his family are originally from Leith - before moving to Inverness. He was dux at the Royal Academy before returning to study Physics at Edinburgh University.

He taught maths and Physics at Gracemount High School in Edinburgh before teaching in an agricultural technical school in Mozambique during the civil war. Iain then joined Oxfam as Scottish Campaigns Director. 

Over the next 12 years his work took him to the minefields of Cambodia and villages in Zimbabwe decimated by HIV/AIDs.

Iain Gray then stood as a Labour MSP for the Scottish Parliament in 1999. He held four ministerial posts, including Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning. He then spent four years as a Special Adviser to the then Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Darling.

Iain returned to Holyrood as Labour MSP for East Lothian in 2007 and he held the post of Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance, now Education & Lifelong Learning.

He was Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament from 2008-2011.