Scotland’s First Minister

(This statue is located at the top of Buchanan Street, Glasgow, outside Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. )

Donald Campbell Dewar (21 August 1937 – 11 October 2000) was born in Renfrew Street, Glasgow.  He was a Scottish politician who served as a Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) in Scotland from 1966-1970, and then again from 1978 until his death in 2000.  Following the return of the Labour Party to government in 1997, Dewar became the Secretary of State for Scotland and campaigned for a ‘Yes-Yes’ vote in the successful referendum on Scottish Devolution.  When elections were held to the newly created Scottish Parliament in 1999, as leader of the Scottish Labour Party and through a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, Dewar became the inaugural holder of the First Minister of Scotland post.

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