Sarah Boyack was born in Glasgow, but was brought up in Edinburgh where she was amongst the first female entrants at the Royal High School. She went on to study at Glasgow University gaining an MA Hons. in Modern History and Politics and then a Diploma in Town and Country Planning at Heriot Watt University. In 1999 Sarah was elected to the Scottish Parliament and served until the May elections in 2016. She served in Donald Dewar’s first Cabinet as Minister for Planning, Transport and the Environment. She set the first renewable energy targets for Scotland, secured significant investment in railways, buses and cycling, delivered free bus travel for older people and established Scotland’s first national parks. Sarah chaired the Environment and Rural Committee from 2003-7 and was Minister for Environment in 2007. From 2007 – 2016 Sarah served in Labour’s Scottish Shadow Cabinet as Environment and Rural Spokesperson, Local Government and Planning and finally Environmental Justice. Sarah is currently MSP for Lothian.
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