Dorothy-Grace Elder

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Dorothy-Grace Elder
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
In office
6 May 1999 – 31 March 2003
Personal details
Born11 August 1942
Political partyIndependent (2002–2003)
Scottish National Party (until 2002)

Dorothy-Grace Elder (born 11 August 1942) is a Scottish journalist and former Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow region 1999–2003. She sat as an Independent MSP 2002–2003, having first sat as a SNP member from 1999 until she left the party in 2002. She was awarded the 1995 British Reporter of the Year.


She first came to the public eye in the 1970s as a television journalist, on BBC Scotland's news programme Reporting Scotland. She also worked on the ill-fated cooperatively run Scottish Daily News.[1]

Elder worked at Scottish Television for a period, working on the documentary series, Paramedics.[2]

In 2007 she was appointed to an honorary professorship from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.[3] She lectures in investigative journalism to honours year students of the University.

Political career[edit]

She is also a former Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association candidate for the post of rector of the University of Glasgow, losing to the actor Richard Wilson in 1996.[4] She was known for her campaigning abilities.

In June 1998, she was announced as a SNP candidate for the newly-formed Scottish Parliament in the elections that would take place the following year.[5]

In the 1999 election she stood in the Glasgow Baillieston constituency and although unsuccessful in that seat,[6] she was elected to Parliament as a Scottish National Party (SNP) representative for Glasgow region. She was a member of the Health and Community Care Committee and a member of the Public Petitions Committee.[7] A left-winger, she supported Alex Neil in the SNP leadership election of 2000. She became dissatisfied with the way in which the SNP was being run and in May 2002 she resigned from the SNP, from that point sat in the Parliament as an independent MSP.[8] She did not stand for re-election at the 2003 election, returning to journalism instead.[9]

Elder initiated a cross party group to look at chronic pain In 2001, and in February 2002 led a member's debate on the issue. Elder continues to be strongly involved with the cross-party group, even long after her term as MSP finished.[10]

Awards and honours[edit]

She was awarded 1995 Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.[11]


  1. ^ McGrath, Francesca. "What's happening in the Scottish Parliament". Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Paramedics". STV Player. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Muldoon's science role". The Herald. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ "People: Richard Wilson". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  5. ^ "UK Politics: SNP names Scots parliament candidates". BBC News. 16 June 1998. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Vote 99: Constituency: Glasgow Ballieston". BBC News. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 1 (12 May 1999-31 March 2003): Dorothy-Grace Elder". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  8. ^ "MSP quits nationalists". BBC News. 2 May 2002.
  9. ^ "Farewell to the parliament". BBC News. 2 April 2003. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  10. ^ Sanderson, Daniel (23 November 2015). "Government admits it is hiding figures on chronic pain waiting lists from patients". The Herald. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  11. ^ "1990-1999 Winners". Archived from the original on 28 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.

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