Alex Neil, MSP for Airdrie and Shotts, has represented the constituency since 2011 and has been an MSP since the Scottish Parliament reconvened in 1999. He has held four ministerial posts as Minister for Housing, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice.
Since leaving the Scottish Cabinet in 2016, he has served on the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee and, more recently, the Education and Skills Committee of the Parliament.
As both a backbencher and government minister, Alex has played a key part in securing the passage of progressive legislation. Examples include making public appointments more open and fairer, the abolition of warrant sales, expanding the house-building programme, improving the rights of housing tenants, integration of health and social care, the introduction of equal marriage and various social justice measures.
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