Liz Smith (politician)

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Elizabeth Smith
MSP
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Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Personal details
Born (1960-02-27) 27 February 1960 (age 57)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political party Scottish Conservative Party
Alma mater University of Edinburgh

Elizabeth Jane "Liz" Smith (born 27 February 1960) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician who is a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Mid Scotland and Fife. She was first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2016, having earlier stood unsuccessfully for the Parliament of the United Kingdom at the 2001 general election in the Perth constituency, where missed out to the SNP by just 48 votes. She stood as a constituency candidate in the Perth constituency at the Scottish Parliament in 2007 and again in the newly established Perthshire South and Kinross-shire constituency in both 2011 and 2016, missing out by 1,422 votes in 2016. She is shadow cabinet secretary for education and skills.

Before entering parliament, Smith was a schoolteacher and political researcher, as well as an amateur sportswoman, representing the Scottish women's cricket team.

Early life and sporting career[edit]

Smith was born in Edinburgh, and attended George Watson's College before going on to the University of Edinburgh to study politics and economics. After graduating, she returned to George Watson's College as a member of the staff, where she taught economics and modern studies. Smith left the teaching profession in 1997 to work as an advisor to Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Between 2001 and 2003, she worked at the Scottish Conservatives' central office, as head of the office of the chairman.[1]

A keen sportswoman, Smith played club cricket for many years, but was not given an opportunity to play at a higher level until 2000, when the Scottish national side was reassembled for the first time since 1979.[2] Her first match for the national team came against Cumbria, an English county team, but she neither batted nor bowled as her team cruised to a ten-wicket victory.[3] In 2001, Smith was selected in the Scottish squad for the 2001 European Championship, where matches held One Day International (ODI) status.[4] On her international debut against England, she was 41 years and 164 days old, making her the fourth-oldest ODI debutant on record, and the oldest to debut since 1978.[5] Smith made nine-ball ducks against both England and Ireland,[6][7] and against the Netherlands did not bat,[8] thus failing to score a run in her international career.[9]

Smith remains the oldest Scottish player, male or female, to appear in a full ODI.[10][11] She has remained involved in promoting the sport since retiring, and in April 2014, following a reconstitution of the organisation, was elected the inaugural president of the Scottish Women's Cricket Association (SWCA), aligned with Cricket Scotland.[12] Outside of cricket, Smith has an interest in mountaineering and hillwalking, having taken part in expeditions to the Alps and the Himalayas.[1] After climbing Slioch in July 2012, she completed the feat of "bagging the Munros" (climbing every mountain in Scotland over a set height). She had begun the task in 1982, with a climb of Ben Nevis, and after entering parliament used her climbs to raise funds for charity.[13]

Parliament[edit]

Smith was narrowly beaten (by just 48 votes) to the Perth seat at the 2001 General Election by the SNP's Annabelle Ewing. She made The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year shortlist for 'The One to Watch' in 2007.[14] Smith acted as campaign manager for Murdo Fraser in his leadership election campaign in 2011.

She was first elected to the Scottish Parliament for the Mid Scotland and Fife electoral region in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2016, having earlier stood unsuccessfully for the Parliament of the United Kingdom at the 2001 UK general election in the Perth constituency, where she missed out to the SNP by just 48 votes. She stood as a constituency candidate in the Perth constituency at the Scottish Parliament in 2007 and again in the newly established Perthshire South and Kinross-shire constituency in both 2011 and 2016, missing out by 1,422 votes in 2016.

Smith is shadow cabinet secretary for education and skills.[15] She sits on the Education and Skills Committee of the Scottish Parliament.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Home ► MSPs ► Current MSPs ► Liz Smith ► Personal Information – The Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  2. ^ Women's miscellaneous matches played by Liz Smith – CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  3. ^ Scotland Women v Cumbria Women, Cumbria Women in Scotland in 2000 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  4. ^ Women's ODI matches played by Liz Smith – CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  5. ^ Records / Women's One-Day Internationals / Individual records (captains, players, umpires) / Oldest players on debut – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  6. ^ England Women v Scotland Women, Women's European Championship 2001 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  7. ^ Ireland Women v Scotland Women, Women's European Championship 2001 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  8. ^ Netherlands Women v Scotland Women, Women's European Championship 2001 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  9. ^ Players / Scotland / Liz Smith – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  10. ^ Records / Women's One-Day Internationals / Individual records (captains, players, umpires) / Oldest players – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  11. ^ Records / One-Day Internationals / Individual records (captains, players, umpires) / Oldest players – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  12. ^ (April 2014). "Ladies put a new spin on cricket" – Cricket Scotland. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  13. ^ Dave Hewitt (6 July 2012). "Liz Smith MSP ties up some unfinished Munrobagging business on Slioch"Caledonian Mercury. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  14. ^ The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year 2007 The Herald, November 2007
  15. ^ "Scottish Conservative appointments for new parliamentary term". Scottish Conservative Party. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  16. ^ "Membership". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 

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