Against the background of the global financial crisis, and with the British electorate reluctant to entrust government to any single party in the 2010 general election, former first minister of Scotland Henry McLeish assesses the state of British politics and the direction parties should move in to face new challenges. In the aftermath of the 2011 Holyrood elections, McLeish suggests how a new democratic process can be shaped, and what form British politics should take in the future.
RT HON Henry McLeish began his political career in local government in 1974, and was leader of Fife Regional Council for five years. In 1987 he was elected to the UK parliament and became Minister for Devolution and Home Affairs from 1997 to 1999. In the first Scottish Parliament he was Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning from 1999, and in 2000 he became First Minister of Scotland until 2001. Resigning from politics in 2003, he is now an adviser and lectures internationally on a variety of topics.