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Keith Brown


1961 -

Politician. Born in Edinburgh, Brown was educated at Tynecastle High School, before joining the Royal Marines and serving in the Falklands War. He then returned to education, studying politics at the University of Dundee, graduating in 1988. He became involved in nationalist politics and soon stood as a candidate in European Parliament elections. He was successfully elected onto Clackmannanshire Council representing Alva and rose to become Council Leader in 2003. In 2007 he successfully stood for the Scottish Parliament representing the Ochil constituency, which later became Clackmannanshire and Dunblane. He served as Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning (2009-10), Minister for Transport (2010-14), Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (2014-16) and finally Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work (2016-18) before being elected Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party in 2018, under Nicola Sturgeon (b.1970).


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