Cara Hilton

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Cara Hilton
Cara Hilton.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Dunfermline
In office
25 October 2013 – 24 March 2016
Preceded by Bill Walker
Succeeded by Shirley-Anne Somerville
Personal details
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Residence Dunfermline

Cara Laura Hilton is a Scottish Labour Party politician, who was the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dunfermline from 2013 to 2016.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of former Labour MSP Cathy Peattie.[2] Her husband is Simon, and she has three children.

Political career[edit]

Hilton was the Labour candidate at the Dunfermline by-election on 20 October 2013. She won by a majority of more than 2,800 votes, overturning a previous SNP majority of 590. This was the first time ever that Labour had won a parliamentary seat (in either the UK or Scottish parliaments) from the SNP at a by-election.

In her victory speech, Hilton praised the courage of preceding MSP Bill Walker's ex-wives. Walker's conviction for assault against his former wives had led to his resignation from parliament, causing the by-election.[3] Alex Salmond accused her of running a dishonest campaign, including the circulation of a leaflet criticised by the SNP as "demonstrably untrue".[4]

In the Scottish Parliament election of 2016, Hilton lost her seat to the SNP's Shirley-Anne Somerville, who she had previously defeated at the by-election three years earlier. Along with the loss of the neighbouring Cowdenbeath constituency, this left the Labour Party without parliamentary representation in Fife for the first time since 1910.


  1. ^ "Labour and SNP pick Dunfermline by-election candidates". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  2. ^ "Cara Hilton picked as Labour candidate for Dunfermline by-election". STV News. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  3. ^ "New Dunfermline MSP praises 'bravery' of Bill Walker's ex-wives". 25 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Labour campaign leaflet brings claims of panic". 22 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.