|Member of Parliament
for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (1997-2005)
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Norman Hogg|
|Succeeded by||Gregg McClymont|
8 May 1941 |
|Children||3 sons and 1 daughter|
Born to the Irish Cornelius Harvey and a Scottish mother, Susan, she went to St Augustine's RC Secondary School on Liddesdale Road in Milton, East Dunbartonshire. From 1958-65, she worked as a secretary. She joined the Labour Party in 1966 when she moved to Cumbernauld. She studied at the Roman Catholic Notre Dame College of Education, receiving a Diploma in Primary Education in 1974. She was a primary school teacher from 1974-94 before becoming a local councillor and eventual Provost of the former Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council.
The seat was abolished for the 2005 general election and she contested the new Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East constituency, winning with a 1.1% swing against her to the Scottish National Party. She retired at the 2010 general election.
She was responsible for chairing the Labour Party's vetting procedure for candidates for the first election for the Scottish Parliament. This process saw many of the more left-oriented candidates rejected, including Dennis Canavan, Ian Davidson, Michael Connarty, all of whom were sitting Members of Parliament at the time, as well as Tommy Shephard, a former General Secretary of the Labour Party in Scotland.
She married James McKenna. They have three sons and one daughter.
- "Daily Hansard". Parliament.uk website. 15 November 2006.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
|Member of Parliament for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East