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Reid celebrates honorary degree

John Reid
John Reid received his degree for services to public affairs

Former home secretary and current Celtic chairman Dr John Reid has been honoured by his old university.

The Airdrie and Shotts MP received a degree from Stirling University "for his contribution to public affairs".

The 62-year-old has held a total of nine ministerial posts for Labour including health, defence, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Transport.

He resigned as home secretary and returned to the backbenches in 2007 when Gordon Brown took office.

Born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Mr Reid read history at Stirling, writing his PhD on the slave trade.

He went on to work as a political advisor to Labour leader Neil Kinnock and was a senior trade unionist in the 1980s.

Dr Reid took up the role of defence minister when the party won power in 1997.

A lifelong supporter of Celtic, the MP was appointed the club's chairman two years ago.

More than 1,500 students are graduating from Stirling University over the next two days in ceremonies at the Gannochy National Tennis Centre.

BBC broadcaster Dr James Naughtie is presiding over the event as the university's chancellor.

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