‘Ex-Labour leader joins think-tank’ – Herald


Former Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander and three other ex-MSPs have joined the advisory board of an independent think-tank.

Ms Alexander is one of five new board members at Reform Scotland.

She is joined by former Scottish Government minister Jim Mather, former Scottish Conservative finance spokesman Derek Brownlee, Jeremy Purvis, former Scottish Liberal Democrat economy and finance spokesman, and Martin Sime, chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).

Reform Scotland chairman Ben Thomson said: “I am delighted and thrilled that Wendy, Jim, Martin, Derek and Jeremy have joined our team. All five have played key roles at the heart of Scottish public life and have a great deal to offer us as an agenda-setting think tank and to Scotland itself.’

Reform Scotland was established in 2008 with the aim of setting out better ways to deliver increased economic prosperity and more effective public services based on the traditional Scottish principles of limited government, diversity and personal responsibility.

It has produced more than 20 research papers on topics ranging from fiscal power to healthcare and educational reform, and many of its ideas have been adopted by policy-makers and government.

Ms Alexander, who stood down as an MSP at the last Scottish Parliament election in May this year, said: “Scotland needs a rich tapestry of think-tanks and policy institutes to spark our imagination. Reform Scotland is a leader in terms of fresh thinking.

“The board brings together those from across business and politics with a wide range of perspectives. I am delighted to make a contribution to its valuable work.”

Mr Mather stood down as an MSP at the last election after serving as Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism in the SNP Government.