Secretary of State for Scotland

The Rt Hon David Mundell MP

Biography

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.

Education

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 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.

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

Policies

  1. Scottish constitution
  2. Scottish devolution

Announcements

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  1. Statement from the Secretary of State for Scotland on the EU Referendum result

    • News story
  2. 26th British-Irish Council concludes in Glasgow

    • Press release
  3. Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare have met to discuss Scotland Act 2016

    • Press release
  4. June Labour Market Stats for Scotland

    • Press release
  5. Scottish education expertise to be shared across the pond

    • News story
  6. David Mundell: Global ambitions for Scottish oil and gas

    • Press release
  7. New powers coming to the Scottish Parliament on Monday 23 May

    • News story
  8. Queen's Speech 2016: What it means for Scotland

    • News story
  9. April Labour Market Statistics for Scotland

    • News story
  10. David Mundell: New Parliament, New Powers, New Partnership speech

    • News story