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Lib Dem leadership Tuesday, 22 June, 1999, 15:23 GMT 16:23 UK
CV: Malcolm Bruce
Born: 17 November 1944

Education: Wrekin College, Shropshire; University of St Andrews; University of Strathclyde

Personal: Married and has one son and one daughter by his first wife

Non-political career: Barrister, journalist and publisher

Political career: Mr Bruce joined the Liberals at the age of 17.

He fought his first election in 1974 but did not enter Parliament until 1983 when he won the Gordon seat with a majority of 850.

In the last leadership contest, he was Paddy Ashdown's campaign chairman although a Thames TV poll placed him third for the title behind Mr Ashdown and Alan Beith.

In 1990, he was elected leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

He became known for his expertise on the issue of North Sea oil and his support for devolution.

Mr Bruce was made the Lib Dems' chief spokesman on treasury affairs in 1994, and sits on select committee on treasury and civil service.

His previous roles have included being the party's spokesman on trade, industry and employment, Scotland, environment and energy, natural resources, trade and industry.

How others see him: He has been described as "able, ambitious, touchy", "meticulous and dauntingly well informed" and is seen as a seriously committed politician.

Interests: Mr Bruce is vice president of the National Deaf Children's Society and has learnt sign language. He enjoys theatre, music, travel and "fresh Scottish air".

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