Iain Gray MSP, Education, Skills and Science Spokesperson, Scottish Labour
Iain spent his early years in Edinburgh before his family moved to Inverness. He went to George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, then the Royal Academy in Inverness, where he was awarded the school dux before returning to study Physics at Edinburgh University. He taught Maths and Physics in Edinburgh before leaving to teach in an agricultural technical school in Mozambique. After seven years as a teacher trying to support young people to make the best of their opportunities, and twelve years with Oxfam organising for social justice and against poverty around the world, Iain stood for the Scottish Parliament because he believed that it represented the best opportunity to make his own country fairer and more successful.
He has held four different Ministerial posts, including Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning, alongside Donald Dewar, Henry McLeish and Jack McConnell. He also spent four years as a Special Adviser to the then Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Darling. The experience gave him a unique understanding of how devolution works. Iain became MSP for East Lothian in 2007 and was Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament from September 2008 to December 2011. He served as the party’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance between July 2013 and December 2014 when he became Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning. Outside of politics, Iain is a passionate Hibs supporter and Chair of the Hibernian Community Foundation. He also enjoys reading, music and films.