Claudia Beamish

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The Honourable
Claudia Hamilton Beamish
Shadow Minister for Environment & Climate Change
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1952-08-09) 9 August 1952 (age 63)
Political party Scottish Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s) Michael Derrington [1][2]
Children daughter Freya Maud Beamish and son Francis Derrington[1]

Claudia Hamilton Beamish[3] (born 9 August 1952) is a Scottish Labour and Co-operative Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, representing the South of Scotland region[4] since she was elected on 5 May 2011. Beamish is a leading activist in the Scottish Labour Party. She topped Labour's list for the South of Scotland in the 2003 and 2007 Scottish Parliament elections[5] and was Labour Co-operative candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale at the 2010 general election.

Beamish was the Convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee in the Scottish Parliament in the second half of 2011. She speaks regularly in Parliament on issues relating to education and young people, equal opportunities, rural affairs and the environment. Following the election of Johann Lamont as Labour leader, Beamish was appointed as Labour's Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change. She is a member of various Cross-Party Groups; Deputy Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Dyslexia; Deputy Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Men's Violence Against Women and Children; and Co-convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Carers.

Personal life[edit]

She is the daughter of the Conservative life peer Tufton Victor Hamilton Beamish, Baron Chelwood and his first wife Janet McMillan Stevenson.[3] Beamish has previously worked as a primary school teacher [6][7]

Her partner is Michael Derrington, an actor and “autism practitioner”.They brought up their family near Pettinain in the Clydesdale region.[2]


  1. ^ a b "About Claudia | Claudia Beamish MSP". Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Clydesdale Teacher hopes to chalk up win over Tories at general election". Hamilton Advertiser. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Hon. Claudia Hamilton Beamish". p. 27085. Retrieved 12 January 2012. [unreliable source?]
  4. ^ The Scottish Parliament - Current Members - Claudia Beamish
  5. ^ "Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser | News | Chance for small parties". 19 April 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Labour vetoes left-winger; Supporters cry foul as Alex Smith's bid to stand as party candidate in Ayr by-election is blocked". 22 January 2000. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Scottish Labour Party elects new Chair | - The Scottish Labour Party". 18 April 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 

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