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Jim Wallace

Lord Wallace of Tankerness

Rt. Hon Jim Wallace QC has been a Liberal Democrat MP and MSP, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Deputy First Minister (and Acting First Minister) in the Scottish Parliament.

The Prime Minister appointed Lord Wallace as Advocate General for Scotland on 14 May 2010.

Lord Wallace studied Law at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities and was called to the Bar in 1979, practising mainly in civil law cases. He took silk in 1997.

Lord Wallace has enjoyed a long and distinguished political career:

  • 1983 to 2001 - MP for Orkney & Shetland
  • 1999 to 2007 - MSP for Orkney
  • 1992 to 2005 - Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • 1999 to 2005 - Deputy First Minister of Scotland
  • 1999 to 2003 - Minister for Justice
  • 2003 to 2005 - Minister for Enterprise & Lifelong Learning

He was appointed a Privy Councillor in 2000 and in 2007, he was appointed to the House of Lords. He has been a member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on the Constitution and the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution.

Lord Wallace’s political career has provided him with a unique insight and considerable expertise in the areasof administrative, planning and public law. He also has a strong interest in environmental issues and renewable energy developments and chaired the Forum for Renewable Energy Developments in Scotland.

He holds honorary doctorates from Heriot Watt University, the Open University and the University of Edinburgh.

In January 2015 Jim was appointed to the Liberal Democrat General Election Cabinet as the party's Leader in the House of Lords and spokesperson for Constitutional and Political Reform

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