18 Facts About Alister Jack


Alister William Jack was born on 7 July 1963 and is a Scottish politician serving as Secretary of State for Scotland since 2019.


Alister Jack currently owns a farm of 1,200 acres in Courance, near Lockerbie.


Alister Jack formerly chaired the River Annan Fishery Board and Trust, Fisheries Management Scotland and Galloway Woodlands.


Alister Jack was elected to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in the 2017 general election.


Alister Jack stood in the rural Scottish constituency of Dumfries and Galloway and defeated incumbent Scottish National Party MP Richard Arkless.


Alister Jack was one of the 13 Scottish Conservative MPs elected to the UK Parliament being the highest number since the 1983 general election.


Alister Jack was a member of the Treasury Select Committee in the 57th Parliament.


Alister Jack 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.


Alister Jack was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords on 31 August 2018, a position he held until he was appointed an Assistant Government Whip on 20 February 2019.


Alister Jack was appointed as Secretary of State for Scotland by Boris Johnson on 24 July 2019.


Alister Jack was the first MP of the 2017 intake to join the Cabinet.


Alister Jack retained his seat at the 2019 general election with an increased share of the vote but with a reduced majority.


Alister Jack was reappointed to the Truss ministry in September 2022.


On 10 September 2022, Alister Jack attended the Accession Council and Principal Proclamation for His Majesty King Charles III at St James's Palace, London.


Alister Jack signed the Official Proclamation and witnessed His Majesty's Oath relating to the security of the Church of Scotland.


Alister Jack was retained by Rishi Sunak when he became prime minister on 25 October 2022.


On 17 January 2023, Alister Jack exercised the Section 35 power granted to him as Secretary of State for Scotland in the 1998 Scotland Act and stopped the Scottish Government's Gender Recognition Reform Bill from proceeding to Royal Assent.


Alister Jack is married to Ann and has three adult children.