Aileen Campbell

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Aileen Campbell
Minister for Children and Young People
In office
7 December 2011 – 18 December 2014
(Office filled by Fiona McLeod MSP
during Ms Campbell's Maternity leave)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Alex Salmond
Preceded by Angela Constance
Minister for Local Government and Planning
In office
25 May 2011 – 7 December 2011
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Derek Mackay
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Clydesdale
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by Karen Gillon
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
In office
3 May 2007 – 5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1980-05-18) 18 May 1980 (age 35)
Perth, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Graham Fraser White
Children 2
Alma mater University of Glasgow

Aileen Campbell (born 18 May 1980) is the Scottish Government Minister for Children and Young People and is a Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Clydesdale.

Campbell was first elected to the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 as a list member for the South of Scotland. At 26 years and 351 days on her election, she was the youngest MSP elected to serve in Parliament in the 2007–2011 session, followed by her SNP colleague Jamie Hepburn in second place.

Early life[edit]

Campbell grew up on her parents' tenant farm in Perthshire before studying Politics and History at University of Glasgow. From 2005-06 Campbell was national convener of the SNP youth wing, the Young Scots for Independence.[1] Since graduating, she has worked as editor of construction magazine Keystone and was editorial assistant on a short-lived pro-independence newspaper, the Scottish Standard. Before her election to Parliament Campbell also worked for Nicola Sturgeon and as a researcher for Shona Robison and Stewart Hosie.[citation needed]

Aileen married Graham Fraser White in Collace Kirk, Perthshire, on 15 August 2009.[2]

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

At the 2007 Scottish Parliament election she was the SNP candidate for Clydesdale where she finished second but was subsequently elected as an addition a member for the South of Scotland region due to Campbell being 5th on the SNP's regional list.

Campbell suffered a minor injury on 23 January 2008, receiving medical treatment at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary before returning to the parliament for a vote.[3] The vote was won by 64 votes to 62.[4]

In early 2009 Campbell launched the "Play it again" scheme with the Scottish Arts Council and others to encourage people across Scotland to donate their unwanted and unloved musical instruments to be passed on to children across the country to give them the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of music.[5][6]

Aileen has been nominated for Real Radio's "Best New Scottish Politician 2009 Award"

Aileen was elected as MSP for Clydesdale on 5 May 2011 after receiving an 8.9% swing from Labour, giving her a majority of 4,216.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SNP names Holyrood candidate". Carluke Gazette. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Salmond sends wedding wish". Edinburgh Evening News. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "MSP returns despite soup incident". BBC News. 23 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "Scots budget clears first hurdle". BBC News. 23 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Musical cast-offs play it again". BBC News. 2 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Franz Ferdinand bassist in call for old instruments". The Herald. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Karen Gillon
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Clydesdale
Scottish Parliament general election, 2011–present