John Swinney


  John Swinney
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth                  


Born in 1964, John Swinney MSP is the Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. John joined the Scottish National Party in 1979 and went on to graduate from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Politics. He has worked for the Scottish Coal Project, Development Options and Scottish Amicable.


Prior to his election as Westminster MP for North Tayside in 1997, he held a number of posts in the SNP at local and national level. In 1999, he became the MSP for Tayside North, while remaining as the constituency’s MP until standing down from Westminster at the 2001 General Election.Having served as the SNP’s Deputy Leader since 1998, he became Leader in 2000.


After relinquishing his post in 2004, John became Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Relations Committee.He was re-elected as an MSP at the 2007 Scottish Parliament election before his appointment as Cabinet Secretary.


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