McLeish boy done well

October 26, 2001

The rise of Henry McLeish, Scotland's former enterprise and lifelong learning minister, who became first minister after Donald Dewar's death last year, has surprised his old school.

Mr McLeish admits that when he was a schoolboy his key interest was football. He signed for Leeds United aged 15, whereupon the head teacher wrote on his report card: "I am glad the boy is a good footballer as he has no future in education."

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