Macintosh Is Scotland's New Presiding Officer

12 May 2016, 18:42

Ken Macintosh has served as an MSP since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999..

The long-time member for Eastwood lost the constituency to Scottish Conservative Jackson Carlaw in last week's election, finishing third behind the SNP's Stewart Maxwell.

With Eastwood home to Scotland's largest Jewish community, Mr Macintosh had been forced to reassure voters as an anti-Semitism row engulfed the wider UK party.

Despite losing his constituency seat, he was elected as the fourth-placed Labour contender on the West of Scotland list.

Mr Macintosh, 54, has made two failed attempts for the Scottish Labour leadership in recent years.

He competed against Johann Lamont for the top job in 2011, and again against current leader Kezia Dugdale in 2015.

Despite his lengthy service as an MSP, including during Labour's coalition government with the Liberal Democrats from 1999 to 2007, he has never held a front-bench position.

He shadowed the education portfolio during the SNP's first two stints in government, and was most recently Scottish Labour's community spokesman.

Mr Macintosh was a television producer for the BBC for more than a decade before becoming a politician.

Born in Inverness, he was educated in Portree and Oban before attending high school in Scotland's capital, and studying history at the University of Edinburgh.

He and his wife Claire live in Busby in East Renfrewshire with their six children.

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