Christine Jardine

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Christine Jardine

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Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Work and Pensions
Assumed office
7 February 2019
LeaderVince Cable
Preceded byStephen Lloyd
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Scotland
In office
12 October 2017 – 7 February 2019
LeaderVince Cable
Preceded byJamie Stone
Succeeded byJamie Stone
Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh West
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byMichelle Thomson
Majority2,988 (5.7%)
Personal details
Christine Anne Jardine

(1960-11-24) 24 November 1960 (age 58)[1]
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyLiberal Democrats

Christine Anne Jardine[2] (born 24 November 1960) is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician.[3] She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP)[4] for Edinburgh West in 2017.

Education and career[edit]

Jardine was educated at Braidfield High School[5] and the University of Glasgow, where she graduated with a MA(Hons).[6]

She is a former journalist, who worked for BBC Scotland and was editor of the Press Association in Scotland. She also taught journalism at the University of Strathclyde, Robert Gordon University and the University of the West of Scotland.[7]

In 2011 she was appointed Scotland media adviser to the Coalition Government.[8]

During her career she has worked in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow.

Personal life[edit]

Christine was married for 30 years to Calum Macdonald, the Digital Editor for the Herald and Times Group. He died during the 2017 General Election campaign. They have one daughter.[9]

Political career[edit]

Jardine was elected for the Edinburgh West constituency in the 2017 UK general election, succeeding independent MP Michelle Thomson who had been elected as a member of the SNP. Jardine received 18,108 votes and 34.4% of the overall vote.[10]

She is the Liberal Democrats Spokesperson on work and pensions[11] and sits on the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster.[12] She also speaks on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Commons.


  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Christine Jardine MP". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  3. ^ Tomos Utting (9 June 2017). "Christine Jardine wins Edinburgh West". Edinburgh Lib Dems. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Christine Jardine MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  5. ^ Jardine, Christine. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  6. ^ "University of Glasgow - Alumni - Our alumni - Life after Glasgow - Notable alumni". Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  7. ^ "LinkedIn Profile - Christine Anne Jardine". LinkedIn. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  8. ^ Ian Swanson (22 April 2017). "Christine Jardine favourite to fight for Edinburgh West seat". The Scotsman. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Obituary - Calum Macdonald, journalist and crosswords editor who spent 25 years at The Herald". The Herald. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  10. ^ "General Election Results 2017 - Seat: Edinburgh West". The Scotsman. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  11. ^ Phyllis Stephen (12 October 2017). "Jardine now LibDem Scottish Affairs spokesman". The Edinburgh Reporter. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Membership - Scottish Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 November 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michelle Thomson
Member of the Parliament for Edinburgh West