Scotland

Scottish election: The Labour losers

Andy Kerr

Andy Kerr held the East Kilbride seat for the Labour party in the Scottish Parliament from 1999 until 2011.

He was minister for finance and public services from 2001 until 2004, under Jack McConnell's leadership.

In 2004 he took over as minister for health and community care until the 2007 Scottish parliamentary elections when the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon assumed the role.

He stood for leadership of the Scottish Labour party after Wendy Alexander's resignation in 2007 but was beaten by Iain Gray.

Tom McCabe

Tom McCabe was an MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse from 1999 until 2011.

He lost his seat to the SNP's Christina McKelvie by 2,213 votes.

Mr McCabe was minister for parliamentary business from 1999 to 2001. The next ministerial position he held was in 2003 when he became minister for health and community care.

He retained this position until 2004 when he became minister for finance and public service reform until 2007.

Karen Gillon

Born in Edinburgh and brought up in the Scottish Borders, Karen Gillon was the Labour MSP for Clydesdale from 1999 until 2011.

When she lost her seat she was the shadow minister for rural development and a member of the parliament's environment and rural development committee.

Ms Gillon had been an active member of Unison during the 1990s, and worked as a personal assistant to Helen Liddell MP in 1997.

She made her first major step in politics when she became the Clydesdale MSP in the 1999 Scottish parliamentary elections.

Karen Whitefield

Karen Whitefield became the MSP for Airdrie and Shotts in 1999, but lost the seat in 2011.

She was succeeded by the SNP's Alex Neil.

Ms Whitefield has spent most of her life in Shotts, but studied public administration and management at Glasgow Caledonian University, graduating in 1991.

She has been an active Labour member since 1988 and worked as a personal assistant to Rachel Squire, MP for Dunfermline West, from 1992 until 1999.

Frank McAveety

Frank McAveety joined the first Scottish Parliament in 1999 and served in a number of ministerial posts.

After graduating from Strathclyde University and completing teacher training, Mr McAveety worked as an English teacher.

From 1988 until 1996, he served as a member of the Glasgow District Council and in 1997, he became leader of Glasgow City Council.

Mr McAveety won the Holyrood seat of Glasgow Shettleston in 1999 and served as deputy minister for local government and then deputy minister for health and community care.

After being re-elected to the parliament in 2003, the Labour politician was appointed tourism minister. In the last parliament Mr McAveety was the convenor of the public petitions committee.

Sarah Boyack

Sarah Boyack was another member of the Scottish Labour class of 1999.

She became involved in Labour politics while she studied modern history at Glasgow university.

Ms Boyack has held the Edinburgh Central seat since 1999, and served as minister for transport, environment and planning from 1999 to 2001.

In the Scottish parliament's second term Ms Boyack became convener of the environment and rural development committee then was appointed as deputy minister for the environment and rural development in 2007.

She lost the seat to the SNP's Marco Biagi by 237 votes.

Cathie Craigie

Cathie Craigie joined the Labour Party as a teenager. She was a one-time Cumbernauld and Kilsyth district councillor from 1984 to 1994, becoming council leader between 1994 and 1996. She was then a North Lanarkshire Councillor from 1996 to 1999.

Miss Craigie entered the first Scottish Parliament, representing Labour, in 1999.

At Holyrood Ms Craigie served on the justice committee and the public audit committee.

Cathie is a member of the trade union Unite: Amicus. She is also a trustee of the Scottish Mining Convalescent Trust and an ambassador for Deaf Parents UK.

Pauline McNeill

Pauline McNeill has been an MSP in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, where she lives, since 1999.

The qualified graphic illustrator became the shadow minister for children and early years in 2007.

She then took on a role as shadow cabinet secretary for Europe, external affairs and culture for Scottish Labour until she lost her seat in 2011.

Before working in national politics she was the president of the National Union of Students in Scotland from 1986-88.

Charlie Gordon

Charlie Gordon has been a member of the Labour party for 31 years, and a trade unionist for 40 years.

He became leader of Glasgow City Council in 1999 after being elected as a local councillor in 1995.

Mr Gordon carried on in this role until he became an MSP for Glasgow Cathcart in a 2005 by-election.

He was re-elected to the Scottish government in 2007.