Cabinet Secretary for Justice
Kenny MacAskill was an MSP for the Lothians from 1999 to 2007 and was elected as MSP for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh at the Scottish Elections in 2007. He served as Cabinet Secretary for Justice throughout the four years of that administration and has been re-appointed to the role following his election as the MSP for Edinburgh Eastern on May 5th 2011
He was born in Edinburgh on April 28, 1958, and has previously been Shadow Justice and Home Affairs Minister. He was a long standing member of the SNP's NEC and has been National Treasurer and Vice Convener of Policy.
He was educated at Linlithgow Academy and Edinburgh University and was a senior partner in a law firm. In 2004 Kenny wrote a book entitled 'Building a Nation - Post Devolution Nationalism in Scotland'. He has since edited another book 'Agenda for a New Scotland - Visions of Scotland 2020' and has co-authored two books on the Scottish Diaspora, 'Global Scots - Voices From Afar' and 'Wherever the Saltire Flies' with the former First Minister Henry McLeish.
Kenny MacAskill MSP, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
On Twitter: @KennyMacAskill