Alister Jack

Alister William Jack (born 7 July 1963) is a Scottish politician serving as Secretary of State for Scotland since 2019. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dumfries and Galloway since 2017.[3][4][5]

Alister Jack

Secretary of State for Scotland
Assumed office
24 July 2019
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byDavid Mundell
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
23 April 2019  24 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byCraig Whittaker
Succeeded byColin Clark
Member of Parliament
for Dumfries and Galloway
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byRichard Arkless
Majority1,805 (3.5%)
Personal details
Alister William Jack

(1963-07-07) 7 July 1963[1]
Dumfries, Scotland[2]
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Ann Hodgson
Alma materHeriot-Watt University

Personal life

Jack was born on 7 July 1963 in Dumfries, Scotland to David and Jean Jack. He was raised in Dalbeattie and Kippford. He was educated at Dalbeattie Primary School, at Crawfordton House—a private prep school near Moniaive, Dumfriesshire—and then at Glenalmond College, at that time an all-boys independent boarding school.[6]

He is married to Ann (née Hodgson)[6] and has three grown-up children.[7]

Business career

Alister Jack is a businessman, having founded tent-hire and self-storage companies, the latter building his fortune of £20 million. He currently owns a farm of 1,200 acres in Courance, near Lockerbie.[8][9][10] He formerly chaired the River Annan Fishery Board and Trust, Fisheries Management Scotland and Galloway Woodlands.[11][7]

Political career

In the 1997 general election, Jack fought Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale, but came third, being defeated by the Liberal Democrat future Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore. He is a former member of the Treasury Select Committee.[4] He signed a letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, on 16 February 2018, making suggestions about the way the United Kingdom should leave the European Union.[12]

Jack was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Leader of the House of Lords on 31 August 2018,[13] a position he held until he was appointed an Assistant Government Whip on 20 February 2019.[14] On 23 April 2019 he was appointed Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, a role in the Government Whips Office.[15]

He was appointed as Secretary of State for Scotland by Boris Johnson on 24 July 2019.[16] Jack was the first MP of the 2017 intake to join the Cabinet.[17]

Jack retained his seat at the 2019 general election with a much reduced majority.[18][19]


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  2. "Jack, Alister William". Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. "No. 27885". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 1076.
  4. "Mr Alister Jack MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  5. 9 June 2017 at 2:49am. "BLOG: The voters of Scotland have spoken | Border - ITV News". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. "Jack, Alister William". Who's Who. 2019 (1 December 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 24 July 2019. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  7. "Who are Scotland's new MPs?". BBC News. 9 June 2017.
  8. "Profiles of the new Scottish MPs". Holyrood Magazine. 21 June 2017.
  9. "'You can sleep when you're dead' Alister Jack". The Scotsman.
  10. "Conservatives select local farmer to fight Galloway seat". The Galloway Gazette. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  11. "Fisheries Management Scotland". Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  12. editor, Anushka Asthana Political (20 February 2018). "Tory MPs' hard Brexit letter to May described as ransom note". The Guardian.
  13. "New role for local MP". Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  14. "Alister Jack MP - GOV.UK". Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  15. "Alister Jack MP - GOV.UK". Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  16. 10DowningStreet (24 July 2019). "Alister Jack has been appointed Secretary of State for Scotland". Twitter.
  17. "Boris Johnson's cabinet: Who's in and who's out". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  18. "Dumfries & Galloway parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  19. Gillespie, Stuart; McFarlane, Stuart (13 December 2019). "Jack re-elected Dumfries and Galloway MP". dailyrecord. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Arkless
Member of Parliament
for Dumfries and Galloway

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