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|Secretary of State for Scotland|
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|
5 March 2008 – 11 May 2010
|Preceded by||Alistair Carmichael|
|Succeeded by||Alistair Carmichael|
|Liberal Democrat International Development Spokesman|
20 December 2007 – 5 March 2008
|Preceded by||Lynne Featherstone|
|Succeeded by||Lembit Öpik|
|Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesman|
2 March 2006 – 21 December 2007
Vince Cable (Acting)
|Preceded by||Menzies Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Ed Davey|
|Liberal Democrat Defence Spokesman|
16 May 2005 – 2 March 2006
|Preceded by||Paul Keetch|
|Succeeded by||Nick Harvey|
|Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats|
2 October 2002 – 20 September 2010
|Preceded by||Position created|
|Succeeded by||Jo Swinson|
|Member of Parliament
for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (1997–2005)
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||David Steel|
|Succeeded by||Calum Kerr|
Michael Kevin Moore
3 June 1965
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|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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