|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
1 May 2003 – 3 May 2007
|Preceded by||Brian Fitzpatrick|
|Succeeded by||David Whitton|
23 December 1939 |
Prior to her election, Turner was a General practitioner in the Springburn area in Glasgow for 25 years. Before that, she was an anaesthetist for ten years. She was lured to seek political office due to an proposed cut to services at Stobhill Hospital. Turner also campaigned against Labour's treatment of the NHS. Because of this, she stood as a candidate in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden Holyrood by-election of 2001. In that race, she finished second with 7,572 votes or 18%. In the 2003 Scottish parliamentary elections, she stood again in Strathkelvin and Bearsden on the same platform she used in 2001. This time, Turner won the seat with 10,988 votes or 31%.  This win prompted her opponent, Labour MSP Brian Fitzpatrick, to remark:
"Narrow win, big win, whatever, it is still a disappointment, but we are coming back for this seat." 
Other doctors elected on similar platforms:
- "SCOTLAND | Hospital campaign shakes by-election". BBC News. 8 June 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "UK | Scotland | Independents head to Holyrood". BBC News. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
|Member of the Scottish Parliament for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
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