Hugh Henry

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Hugh Henry
Convener of the Scottish Parliament
Public Audit Committee
Assumed office
26 September 2007
Preceded by Charlie Gordon (as Convener of the Audit Committee)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Renfrewshire South
Paisley South (1999-2011)
Assumed office
6 May 1999
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 2,587 (9.6%)
Personal details
Born (1952-02-12) 12 February 1952 (age 70)
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Alma mater University of Glasgow

Hugh Henry (born 12 February 1952 in Glasgow) is a Scottish Labour politician and Member of the Scottish Parliament for Renfrewshire South since 2011 (having represented Paisley South from 1999 to 2011).


He was raised in Erskine, Renfrewshire and educated at St Mirin's Academy in Paisley, at the University of Glasgow and at Jordanhill College of Education in Glasgow. He has worked as an accountant with IBM UK Ltd, as a teacher and as a welfare rights officer with Strathclyde Regional Council. He was a local councillor from 1984 until 1999, including 4 years as leader of Renfrewshire Council. A former Marxist, he was once a supporter of the Militant tendency.[1]

He is married with two daughters and one son.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

He was appointed Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care in the Scottish Executive in 2001, and moved to become Deputy Minister for Social Justice in 2002. He was appointed Deputy Minister for Justice after the Scottish Parliamentary Election, 2003, and became Minister for Education in 2006. He retained the education brief in opposition after the 2007 election. Henry was named Scottish Politician of the Year in 2010, for his performance as Convenor of the Public Affairs Committee. On 11 May 2011, Henry stood in the election for the 4th Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, coming second to Tricia Marwick, a Scottish National Party MSP.


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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Paisley South
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Peacock
Minister for Education and Young People
Succeeded by
Fiona Hyslop
as Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
Preceded by
Richard Simpson
Deputy Minister for Justice
Succeeded by
Johann Lamont
Preceded by
Malcolm Chisholm
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
Succeeded by
Frank McAveety