Siobhan McMahon

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Siobhan McMahon
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1984-07-04) 4 July 1984 (age 30)
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour
Religion Roman Catholic Church

Siobhan McMahon (born 4 July 1984) is a Scottish Labour Party List (unelected) Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Central Scotland region.[1]

McMahon was involved in the campaign to get Johann Lamont MSP to become Scottish Labour's leader.

Political career[edit]

Labour Party researcher[edit]

Controversially, McMahon previously worked as a paid researcher for her serving MSP father, Michael McMahon.[2] After the Scottish Parliament Election in 2011 Siobhan was elected as a regional list MSP and they became the first father and daughter pair to serve in the Scottish Parliament.[3]

She has also worked for Labour MP Jim Murphy and as part of the Labour Support Unit in the Scottish Parliament.

McMahon came under criticism for choosing to abstain from voting through The SNP government's Same Sex Marriage bill. News of this trended on Twitter, leading to McMahon being branded one of the 'Holyrood Homophobes[4]' along with 18 other MSP's, including her father Michael McMahon.[5]

Personal life[edit]

McMahon graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a 2.1 BA Honours in Politics with History and Sociology in 2006.

She is a member of the GMB trade union and is interested in the politics of South Africa.


  1. ^ The Scottish Parliament - Current Members - Siobhan McMahon
  2. ^ Black, Andrew (27 November 2008). "Which MSPs are employing family?". BBC News. Retrieved 14 May 2011. "Over in the Labour camp, it is a family affair for Hamilton North and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon, who pays wife Margaret and daughter Siobhan as parliamentary assistant and researcher respectively." 
  3. ^ Lindsey Johnstone and Mareike Brensing (6 May 2011). "Holyrood to get first blind MSP". The Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2011. "Another first is the election of a father and daughter, Michael and Siobhan McMahon. Mr McMahon was returned as MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill with a Labour majority of 714, while his daughter is one of three Labour MSPs representing the Central region." 
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