Frances Curran

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Frances Curran
Frances Curran.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for West of Scotland
In office
1 May 2003 – 3 May 2007
Personal details
Born (1961-05-21) 21 May 1961 (age 53)
Glasgow
Political party Scottish Socialist Party
Spouse(s) none
Children 1 son
Residence Partick

Frances Curran (born 21 May 1961) is the co-chair of the Scottish Socialist Party and a former Member of the Scottish Parliament for the West of Scotland region during 2003-07.[1]

Political career[edit]

A former member of the Labour Party and an organiser for the entryist Militant tendency,[2] Curran became a high-profile figure in Scottish left politics on her election to the Scottish Parliament as a Scottish Socialist Party MSP in 2003. She had joined the SSP on its formation in 1998, and brought political experience she had gained while she served as the youth representative on Labour's National Executive Committee.

In July 2005, Curran played a role in organising the protest outside Gleneagles at the 2005 G8 Summit.[3] The previous week, she and other SSP MSPs took part in a protest within the Scottish Parliament, which led to them being suspended for the month of September and fined £30,000.[4] This protest was due to their claim that the First Minister had gone back on his word that the parliament would support the rally outside the Perthshire hotel.

Curran was the public face of the SSP's campaign for the provision of nutritious free school meals, which they said would tackle ill health and poor diet in Scottish schoolchildren. Her campaign drew a wide base of support from a number of children's and health charities. As part of the Save Our Services campaign, she was involved in community occupations to stop the closure of a school and community centre. In 2007, she was arrested but not charged at an anti-nuclear protest at Faslane as part of the Faslane 365 campaign.[5]

She was an unsuccessful candidate in the July 2008 Glasgow East by-election.[6] During the campaign, she was informed that the police had received death threats against her.[7]

She stood again as a candidate on the Glasgow regional list for the Holyrood election in 2011, but failed to be elected. She had stepped down as the party's national co-spokesperson less than a month before the election. She was elected to the party's Executive Committee in 2012 but stood down again in 2013, keeping a low profile throughout the party's referendum campaign. She was elected as party co-chair alongside Bill Bonnar at the 2014 conference.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the candidates". The Herald. 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  2. ^ Roz Paterson "Scotland’s brave new world", Red Pepper, [May 2004]
  3. ^ "Protest peace pledge". Evening Telegraph. 2005-07-05. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Banned Socialists protest at Holyrood". The Herald. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "McConnell attacks Faslane demo". The Herald. 2007-01-12. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  6. ^ "Glasgow East by-election: Labour demands recount as SNP claims victory". Daily Telegraph. 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Glasgow East: Curran warned of death threat". The Scotsman. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  8. ^ Nichols, Dick (29 October 2014). "Spirited Scottish Socialist Party conference tackles post-referendum challenges". Retrieved 17 November 2014.