|Member of Parliament
for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Phil Gallie|
23 February 1956 |
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
|Alma mater||Strathclyde University|
Sandra Currie Osborne (née Clark, born 23 February 1956) is a Scottish Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock since 2005. She was first elected in 1997, and resigned from a government job in 2003 over the Iraq War. She was a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee from 2005–10 and again from 2013. She was a member of the Defence Select Committee 2010-13 and is a member of the Council of Europe.
Osborne was born and brought up in Ferguslie Park, Paisley. She was educated at Camphill Secondary School in Paisley. She later attended evening classes before going on to Jordanhill College where she gained the Diploma in Community Education. After working as a community worker in Glasgow she moved to Ayrshire, where she spent 14 years as a counsellor with Kilmarnock Women's Aid. During that time she also studied part-time at Strathclyde University where she graduated Master of Science in Equality and Discrimination. In 1997 she was one of the shortlisted finalists in the Scottish Woman of the Year Awards (Glasgow Evening Times)  nominated for her work with abused women.
Osborne was the councillor for Whitletts on Kyle and Carrick District Council and South Ayrshire Council where she also served as Convener of Community Services (Housing and Social Work). She is a member of the Trade Union Unite (formerly TGWU) and has been active in the Labour Party since 1976, serving for a time as Ayr CLP Secretary. In 1983 she was a member of the Scottish contingent on the People's March for Jobs who walked from Glasgow to London. She was selected as a Labour candidate in Ayr from an all-women shortlist. In May 1997 she was elected MP for Ayr constituency, becoming Ayr's first ever Labour MP and first ever woman MP. She was re-elected in the June 2001 general election. 
Osborne served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Helen Liddell, the Secretary of State for Scotland, from June 2002 until she stepped down in March 2003 over her opposition to going to war with Iraq. She believed this should not have gone ahead without a second UN resolution. She had previously served as PPS to George Foulkes, Minister of State at the Scotland Office and to his predecessor in that post, Brian Wilson. She has served as Chair of the Scottish Group of Labour MPs and member of the Scottish Executive of the Labour Party. She has served as Chair of the All Party Group on Meningitis. She was a member of the Kerley Committee on the Renewal of Local Democracy, providing a minority report opposing proportional representation.
In June 2004 Osborne was selected to be Labour candidate for the new constituency of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, where she was returned at the 2005 general election with a majority of 9,997. She served on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee from 2005 till 2010. She is also Secretary of the All Party Group on Colombia and the Women, Peace and Security Group. In 2006 the Prime Minister appointed her a member of the UK Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
On 6 May 2010 Osborne was re-elected as MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock with a majority of 9,911. In 2010 she was elected Vice Chair of Labour's backbench Foreign Affairs Committee and Chair of the All Party Equalities Group. In October 2010 she was appointed to the Defence Select Committee and the Council of Europe. In 2011, she was a member of the special Select Committee set up to scrutinise the Bill that became the Armed Forces Act 2011. In January 2011 the Speaker of the House of Commons appointed her to his Panel of Chairs.. She was reappointed to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in 2013.
Her political achievements include securing an amendment to the Government legislation on National Air Traffic Control Services which secured the building of the new Scottish Air Traffic Control Centre at Prestwick and playing a lead role in persuading the Government to set up the Financial Assistance Scheme and the Pension Protection Fund for those at risk of losing their occupational pensions if their employers go bankrupt. She was described as a "Labour lickspittle" in The Guardian newspaper's sketch column, for asking the Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, a leading question about Conservative Party policy during the last session of Prime Minister's Questions before the 2010 British general election. 
In February 2010 Osborne was ordered to repay £2,612.12 in expenses that had been overpaid to her for claims relating to furniture, council tax, utilities and rent.
She is married to Alastair Osborne, who was Labour candidate in the same Ayr constituency in 1992 that Mrs Osborne won in 1997. They have two daughters and two granddaughters and live in Symington, Ayrshire. 
- Official website for Sandra Osborne
- "Labour blow as all-women lists outlawed", The Independent]
- *BBC News site 19 March 2003
- "Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill". parliament.uk. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- The Guardian article on Osborne
- Scottish MPs are ordered to repay Â£103,000 Carluke Today
- Guardian Unlimited: Politics: Alastair Osborne
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: Sandra Osborne MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com – Sandra Osborne MP
- – General election 2010: No question – it's time to go
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