Christina McKelvie

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Christina McKelvie
Convener of the Scottish Parliament European and External Relations Committee
Assumed office
14 June 2011
Preceded by Irene Oldfather
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
Assumed office
6 May 2011
Preceded by Tom McCabe (as MSP for Hamilton South)
Majority 2213
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland
In office
3 May 2007 – 6 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1968-03-04) 4 March 1968 (age 47)
Political party Scottish National Party

Christina McKelvie (born 4 March 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland. She was elected as a Scottish National Party (SNP) party list candidate in the 2007 election, and has been elected as MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse in the 2011 election.

Early life[edit]

Christina grew up in Easterhouse, in the East End of Glasgow where she studied at St Leonards Secondary then went on to gain qualifications from Anniesland College, Cardonald College, Nautical College, and St Andrews University.

Political Life[edit]

Within the SNP Government, Christina McKelvie is the Parliamentary Liaison Officer. Locally she has campaigned to support the David Livingstone Centre, and against the detention of child asylum seekers at Dungavel. Christina is also convenor of the SNP Parliamentary Trade Union Group.

McKelvie's expense claim between April 2013 and March 2014 was the second highest of 14 MSPs representing Lanarkshire [1]


In a radio interview with Kirsty Wark in February 2012, Christina suggested that an independent Scotland could adopt the Chinese Yuan or US Dollar as its official currency if the Bank of England refused to include Scotland in a sterling-zone.[2] She was roundly criticised by opposition politicians such as Labour's Michael McMahon MSP and the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP.[3]

In 2013 Christina caused controversy when she posted a tweet on the social networking site Twitter with the remark "I'm YES Positive. And I've got the Scottish Virus".[4] in response to comments that the leader of the Scottish Labour Party Johann Lamont MSP made about nationalism at the Labour Party conference in Brighton.[5] It was suggested by opponents and fellow SNP members that Christina was making reference to HIV sufferers however she vehemently denied this.

In 2014, whilst chairing a Scottish Parliament Committee, Christina cut off the statement of Professor Adam Tomkins, Chair of Public Law at The University of Glasgow. When challenged about her power to prevent a witness from giving evidence, she replied "I can if it’s becoming contentious... I’m the convener and I can decide". Tomkins subsequently wrote to McKelvie complaining that he had been treated with disrespect by the Committee, and asked for an apology[6]

After the author J.K. Rowling announced that she would be donating £1 million to the Better Together campaign she faced a series of online abuse from so-called Cybernats on various social media sites.[7] Writing in the Hamilton Advertiser, Christina implied that secret service agents were responsible for the abuse rather than pro-independence campaigners.[8]

McKelvie caused controversy after falsely suggesting on Twitter that a 'first time voter' on the televised General Election debate in April 2015 was a Labour activist. The subject claimed that she had been 'unable to sleep' after receiving abuse on Twitter following McKelvie's tweet[9]

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