|Member of the Scottish Parliament
6 May 1999
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
15 January 1964 |
|Political party||Scottish Labour Party|
|Alma mater||Cumbernauld College
Jacqueline Marie Baillie (born 15 January 1964, Hong Kong) is a Scottish Labour Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Dumbarton constituency and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy.
Born in Hong Kong to a Portuguese father and Scottish mother, Baillie was schooled at St Anne's School, Windermere in the English Lake District and has studied at Cumbernauld College, Strathclyde University and the University of Glasgow.
She lives in Dumbarton with her husband and her daughter.
Baillie has been a resource centre manager at Strathkelvin District Council and a community economic development manager at East Dunbartonshire Council. She was Chair of the Scottish branch of the British Labour Party in 1997.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
She was first elected at the inaugural election for the Scottish Parliament. She was re-elected in 2003. A member of the Scottish Parliament's Justice 2 Committee and Public Petitions Committee, she was previously a member of the Scottish Executive, serving as Minister for Social Justice when Henry McLeish was First Minister, during which time she was involved with the Homelessness Task Force.
As a backbench MSP she has campaigned for a public inquiry into a lethal outbreak of Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital. In 2007 she defended Wendy Alexander on Newsnight Scotland during the controversy regarding illegal donations to Alexander's leadership campaign.
In 2009 she successfully brought into being an act of the Scottish Parliament, with the unanimous support of all MSPs, to allow for greater protection of disabled parking spaces.
She has opposed minimum pricing of alcohol, being unconvinced about the overall benefits, and stating that it was not the best way of tackling the country's alcohol-related problems but has backed a tax-based alternative amongst other measures.
- Task force homes in on homelessness BBC, 25 August 1999
- Newsnight Scotland interview BBC, 3 December 2007
- Macleod, Angus (29 October 2009). "SNP left high and dry as Labour rejects minimum alcohol pricing". The Times. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "Scots 'drink 46 bottles of vodka'". BBC News. 17 January 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- www.jackiebaillie.co.uk Jackie Baillie Official Website
- Official biography
- Jackie Baillie MSP Biography at the Labour party website
|Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dumbarton
|Minister for Social Justice
|Deputy Minister for Communities