Fife councillor Jayne Baxter sworn in as Holyrood's newest MSP

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Holyrood's newest MSP has been sworn in to replace an outgoing Labour member.

Jayne Baxter took the solemn affirmation, a secular version of the oath, in front of her new colleagues as a representative for Mid Scotland and Fife.

She replaces John Park who left last week to take up a senior post in the trade union movement.

As the next Labour candidate on the regional list for the 2011 Scottish elections, Ms Baxter was automatically appointed to the seat without the need for a by-election.

The Kelty politician has lived in Fife all her life, attending Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline and Edinburgh University. She also attended Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, where she gained a BA in business studies in 1995.

She spent her working life in local government in Fife, mainly in a policy role in community planning and decentralisation.

Ms Baxter was a UK parliamentary assistant to former prime minister Gordon Brown's Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency since 2011, and was elected to Fife Council in May 2011.

She is a member of Unite and of Fife Health Board where she has been involved in the scrutiny of local health services.

Ms Baxter has two grown-up sons and three grandchildren.

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