Alex Rowley MSP
Ore Valley Business Centre, 93 Main Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9AF
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Alex Rowley is interim leader of the Scottish Labour Party and is a regional MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife.
Born in Dunfermline and raised in Kelty, he was educated at St Columba's High School, Newbattle Abbey College, and Edinburgh University, graduating with an MA Honours in Sociology and Politics, and an MSc in community education.
Alex, whose Dad was a miner and whose Mum worked in factories, left school at 16 and started working as an assistant gardener. He became a Shop Steward at the age of 18, and Branch Chairperson at 20. He was sponsored to go to college by his union, UNISON, at the age of 24.
Following University, Alex worked as the Scottish Co-ordinator for a national poverty organisation. He was first elected to Fife Regional Council in 1990 and became Chairman of Finance in 1994 going on to become the Council Leader of the new Fife Council in 1996.
Alex was General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party from May 1998 to May 1999 and then worked as an education official with the TUC for six years before taking up the post of constituency manager to Gordon Brown MP. He was elected to Fife Council for a second time in 2007 serving as leader of the opposition and became Council Leader in 2012 and was then elected to the Scottish Parliament in January 2014 following the death of Helen Eadie MSP.
He has three grown up children and one granddaughter and spends any free time he has on his allotment.