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Member of the Scottish Parliament for Argyll & Bute from 5th May 2011 (previously Regional Member for South of Scotland 1999-2003 and 2007-2011)
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, The Scottish Government since December 2009. Previously Minister for Environment (2007-9) and Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution (2009).
Political and cultural commentator, author of seven books including one novel , former TV producer. Married and lives in rural Argyll.