Carolyn Leckie

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Carolyn Leckie
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland
In office
1 May 2003 – 2 April 2007
Personal details
Political party Scottish Socialist Party
Spouse(s) Divorced
Children 2 daughters

Carolyn Leckie is a former member of the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), in which she once held a number of senior positions. She has since left the party.[1]

Leckie grew up in Glasgow, the daughter of a shipyard worker,[2] but she now lives in East Kilbride. Before she became an MSP she was a midwife and a local union leader who represented thousands of hospital workers in Glasgow.[3]


Just before election to Holyrood, she led several victorious strikes against low pay - the most recent involving 300 ancillary workers against the French multinational, Sodexho. As an MSP she was a strong supporter of the Nursery Nurses campaigning for higher pay. On 20 May 2004, after attempting to raise a point of order about the strike at a time that the Presiding Officer determined was inappropriate, she was told to leave the chamber.[4]

She was active within the parliament campaigning for an end to the cuts and closures in hospital services across Scotland.

On 20 January 2005 she was jailed for seven days for non-payment of a fine, arising from a protest outside Faslane nuclear base.[5] The Nursing and Midwifery Council did not consider it an impediment to her registration as a Midwife.[6] In January 2007 she was arrested but not charged for taking part in an anti-nuclear demonstration at Faslane as part of the Faslane 365 campaign.

In April 2014, Leckie led a campaign against plans to demolish the Red Road Flats during the 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.[7]

Other information[edit]

Leckie was co-chair of the Scottish Socialist Party for several years. She stood down at its annual conference in March 2006, stating that it was time to hand the post over to a lay member of the party, but she was easily elected as an ordinary member of its executive committee.

She was one of several members who gave evidence in the Sheridan v News International defamation action, and the subsequent criminal trial HM Advocate v Sheridan and Sheridan. Tommy Sheridan was found guilty of perjury and sentenced to three years in prison.[8][9]

At the SSP conference in 2008 Leckie declined nomination for any national posts within the party, but remained an activist within the party, particularly within the Socialist Women's Network. She drifted away from the party and stopped paying subscriptions without it being noticed. .[1]

Leckie is a founder member of Women for Independence campaign for Scottish independence.[10][11][12]

In 2004, neo-punk Tommy MacKay dedicated a song to Carolyn Leckie called "Her Lips Were Made To Kiss Megaphones".[13][14]

Leckie worked for a Women's Aid group from 2007-2014. She completed an LLB at the University of Strathclyde in 2014 - continuing to work throughout. She recently graduated from the University of Dundee with a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and is pursuing a career in the law. She has stated that she will not stand for election again.


  1. ^ a b Leckie, Carolyn (30 March 2014). "Twitter / carolynleckie: @zcbeaton don't remember. Didn't ...:". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Canavan set to speak in Benarty". Central Fife Times & Advertiser. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "By-election is not simply Devine". The Scotsman. 23 August 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Defiant MSP ordered from chamber". BBC News. 20 May 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "MSP jailed after nuclear protest". BBC News. 20 January 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Leckie 'can keep' midwife status". BBC News. 12 March 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Beaton, Connor (3 April 2014). "Former MSP protests Red Road demolition plans". The Targe. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sheridan 'owned up back in 2002 that he had gone to swingers' club'" The Scotsman 8 July 2006
  9. ^ Leckie and Kane will never share platform with the man who labeled them scabs
  10. ^ "Scottish independence: Women encouraged to vote yes". BBC News. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  11. ^ "Campaign to drive women to vote for independence backed by former Jack McConnell aide". 2019-09-30. Retrieved 2013-04-01.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ "Carolyn Leckie: We're listening out for Scotland's women". The Scotsman. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Carolyn is top of the pops". The Scotsman. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Carolyn goes with the music". The Scotsman. 20 May 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2014.