Chris Ballance

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Chris Ballance
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
In office
1 May 2003 – 2 April 2007
Personal details
Born (1952-07-07) 7 July 1952 (age 65)
Political party Scottish Green Party

Chris Ballance (born 7 July 1952) is a playwright and Scottish Green Party politician, a former Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South of Scotland region.


Born in Worcester, England, he owned and managed a second-hand bookshop in Wigtown, won a Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1990, [1][2] and wrote sketches for Radio Scotland.

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2003. He held a seat on the Parliament's Enterprise and Culture Committee and was the Green's Parliamentary business manager and speaker on nuclear issues, culture and peace.[3] He stood again in the 2007 election but was not re-elected.

In August 2007 he was appointed to the Scottish Broadcasting Commission established by the Scottish Executive.[4]

Ballance is standing as a Green candidate in the Aird and Loch Ness ward for the Highland Council election, 2017.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers).


  • Water of Life (1989)
  • Bread and Water (1997)
  • Hope Deferred (1997)
  • Viva La Diva (2001)[6]
  • Its My Party (2007)[7]


  1. ^ "Holyrood drama takes to the stage". BBC News. 16 February 2007. 
  2. ^ The Scotsman guide to Scottish politics by Matthew Spicer page 87 (2004 - ISBN 0748619240)
  3. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Chris Ballance". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 8 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Broadcasting commission members". BBC News. 13 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Chris Ballance". Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Singing sensation Florence Foster Jenkins". CBC. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "MSP's play on 'ruthless' quest for political power to tour". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2015.