Susan Deacon

Susan Deacon

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Susan Deacon (born 2 February 1964, Musselburgh) is a Scottish politician, academic, commentator and a former Scottish Cabinet Minister.

She was Labour MSP for Edinburgh East & Musselburgh from 1999–2007 and served as Scotland’s first Cabinet Minister for Health and Community Care following the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Since standing down from Parliament in 2007, she has combined a number of roles in academic and charitable life with work in the private and public sector.

In 2010, she became an Honorary Professor, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh; she is chairman of Scottish Power Renewables, the UK's largest wind farm provider; and was appointed as Early Years Champion for the Scottish Government.

Early life

Educated at Musselburgh Grammar School, she completed an MA (Hons) in Social Policy and Politics at Edinburgh University and later an MBA. She joined the Labour Party at 17 while still at school and, as a student, was a campaigner against apartheid, nuclear disarmament and a supporter of the miners’ strike. She was vice president of Edinburgh University Students' Representative Council, chair of Scottish Labour Students and rose rapidly through Labour ranks serving on the Scottish Labour Party’s National Executive and playing a leading role in Edinburgh City politics during the 1980s. She was a founder member of the pro-devolution Labour pressure group, Scottish Labour Action, which campaigned for...
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