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Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
29 May 2010 – 7 October 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Danny Alexander
Succeeded by Alistair Carmichael
Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
2 July 2008 – 26 August 2008
Preceded by Nicol Stephen
Succeeded by Tavish Scott
Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland and Scotland Spokesman
In office
5 March 2008 – 11 May 2010
Leader Nick Clegg
Preceded by Alistair Carmichael
Succeeded by Alistair Carmichael
Liberal Democrat International Development Spokesman
In office
20 December 2007 – 5 March 2008
Leader Nick Clegg
Preceded by Lynne Featherstone
Succeeded by Lembit Öpik
Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesman
In office
2 March 2006 – 21 December 2007
Leader Menzies Campbell
Vince Cable (Acting)
Preceded by Menzies Campbell
Succeeded by Ed Davey
Liberal Democrat Defence Spokesman
In office
16 May 2005 – 2 March 2006
Leader Charles Kennedy
Menzies Campbell
Preceded by Paul Keetch
Succeeded by Nick Harvey
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
In office
2 October 2002 – 20 September 2010
Leader Jim Wallace
Nicol Stephen
Tavish Scott
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Jo Swinson
Member of Parliament
for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (1997–2005)
In office
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by David Steel
Succeeded by Calum Kerr
Personal details
Michael Kevin Moore

3 June 1965 (1965-06-03) (age 56)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Political party Liberal Democrats
Spouse(s) Alison Moore
Children 2
Alma mater University of Edinburgh

Michael Kevin Moore (born 3 June 1965) is a British Liberal Democrat politician.

Born in Northern Ireland, but largely raised in Scotland, he qualified as a chartered accountant and worked as a researcher to the prominent Liberal Democrat politician, David Steel. At the 1997 general election, Moore succeeded Steel as the Liberal Democrat MP for the Scottish Borders constituency of Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk from 2005). He joined the Liberal Democrat Frontbench Team in 2005, and held many portfolios, including Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Northern Ireland & Scotland (joint).

Following the 2010 general election, and the formation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, the cabinet post of Scottish Secretary was given to the Liberal Democrats, initially Danny Alexander. However following the resignation of Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Laws a month later, Alexander took his role, and Moore was appointed the Scottish Secretary on 29 May 2010. After entering office, Moore oversaw the implementation of the Scotland Act 2012, which granted further devolution to Scotland. He was removed from the post in a Cabinet reshuffle in October 2013.

Moore was elected on two occasions (2005 and 2010) to serve as Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, and was returned on two earlier occasions (1997 and 2001) as MP for the previous constituency of Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale. He was defeated in the 2015 general election by Calum Kerr, the SNP candidate.


Moore was born in Dundonald, Northern Ireland on 3 June 1965 to Geraldine Anne (Jill) and Rev. William Haisley Moore, who was a chaplain in the British Army. He moved with his family to Wishaw, Scotland, in 1970 and then to the Scottish Borders in 1981. He was educated at Strathallan School, Jedburgh Grammar School and the University of Edinburgh, where he studied politics and modern history.

On leaving University he worked for a year as a researcher for Liberal Democrat MP Archy Kirkwood before joining the Edinburgh office of accountants Coopers & Lybrand. He qualified as a Scottish Chartered Accountant, going on to be a manager in the office's corporate finance practice.

Member of Parliament

Moore was elected to the Westminster parliament during the 1997 general election as the MP for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale succeeding David Steel following his retirement with a majority of 1,489. In 2001 he retained his seat increasing his majority to 5,157. In 2005 following boundary changes Moore contested the Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk and won with a majority of 5,901, he defended the seat in 2010 once again retaining this time with a slightly decreased majority of 5,675.

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