Secretary of State for Scotland

The Rt Hon David Mundell


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.

Political career

  • 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 1984-6 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.

Personal life

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

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland

    • 2010 to 2015


  1. Scottish constitution
  2. Scottish devolution


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  1. May labour market statistics for Scotland

    • 13 May 2015
    • News story
  2. UK Minister: Scottish charities ‘on front line of fight against global poverty’

    • 26 February 2015
    • Press release
  3. Joint ministerial working group on welfare

    • 11 February 2015
    • News story
  4. Mundell welcomes business survey

    • 15 January 2015
    • News story
  5. More encouraging economic news for Scotland

    • 12 January 2015
    • News story
  6. Scotland to shine across Heathrow

    • 15 December 2014
    • News story
  7. Flying high to the US

    • 20 November 2014
    • News story
  8. Number of Scottish workless households falls

    • 29 October 2014
    • News story
  9. Further evidence that long term economic plan is working

    • 20 October 2014
    • News story
  10. Dundee benefiting from UK Government investment

    • 2 July 2014
    • News story