David Mundell was appointed Secretary of State for Scotland in May 2015. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale in May 2005.
David attended Lockerbie Academy in Lockerbie, before going on to study law at the University of Edinburgh and gaining a Diploma in Legal Practice.
He also received an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Business School.
- David was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and 2003 as a list MSP for the South of Scotland.
- After being elected as MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale in 2005, he was made Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and a member of David Cameron’s Shadow Cabinet.
Career outside politics
David worked as a solicitor before joining BT as Group Legal Advisor for Scotland in 1991. He became BT Scotland’s head of national affairs, remaining with BT until becoming an MSP.
He was a councillor in Annandale and Eskdale from 1984 to 1986 and served on Dumfries and Galloway council for another year until 1987, while a student.
He is a member of the Law Society and Writers to the Signet.
He currently lives in Moffat. He has a daughter and 2 sons.
Secretary of State for Scotland
The main role of the Scottish Secretary is to promote and protect the devolution settlement.
Other responsibilities include promoting partnership between the UK government and the Scottish government, and relations between the 2 Parliaments.
Previous roles in government
- 2010 to 2015
- David Mundell speaks on PM's Brexit Deal
- Scottish exports to the fore ahead of EU exit
- Hungary hails St Andrew’s Day
- David Mundell announces £150 million funding from the UK Government for the Tay Cities Deal
- David Mundell calls on Scottish schools to sign up to UK Aid backed programme
- Tay Cities Region Deal: Heads of Terms Agreement
- First ever UK-wide veterans strategy launched
- Scotland Secretary welcomes UK-wide Veterans Strategy
- Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) communiqué: 13 November 2018
- Secretary of State for Scotland reiterates support for Tayside following first meeting of Michelin action group