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Donald Dewar

Donald Dewar

Secretary of State and First Minister for Scotland

Donald Dewar, the Scottish First Minister, was one of the unlikeliest of Scottish heroes. In a land that reveres fighters and footballers, Dewar did not fit the mould. He was a shambolic figure, lanky, almost perpetually stooped from a bad back and, in an age of volatility in Scottish politics, he was forever an advocate of moderation and caution. And yet his entry in Scottish history books will be large, as the man who finally brought back a Scottish parliament almost three centuries after it was dissolved in the Union with England. He kept the devolution cause alive in Labour circles over three turbulent decades and his proudest moment in politics was when he finally delivered.

Written: Thursday February 22nd, 11:55pm 2018