Emma Harper

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Emma Harper

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South Scotland
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Personal details
Political partyScottish National Party

Emma Harper is a Scottish politician who is a Scottish National Party (SNP) MSP for the South Scotland region, elected at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[1]

Early life[edit]

Harper was born and raised on a farm near Stranraer where her father was a dairyman. She attended Stranraer Academy. In 1978, the family moved to a farm near Annan and she attended Annan Academy prior to her nurse training in Dumfries at the Royal College of Nursing and Midwifery.[2]

Harper has worked in hospitals in NHS Scotland and NHS England, and at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. Her work included: transplant and trauma surgery, before going on to lead nursing surgical teams and provide specialist clinical education.[2]

Harper is a degree-registered nurse and a member of the Royal College of Nursing and the Association for Perioperative Practice.

As a keen Burnsian Harper is past president of Dumfries Ladies Burns Club Number 1.

Political career[edit]

Harper joined the SNP in 2010.[2]

In 2015 she stood for the UK Parliament as SNP candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale. She finished second and achieved a huge swing of +27.5% of the vote for the SNP, narrowly losing the seat by only 798 votes.[3]


  1. ^ "Election 2016: South Scotland. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Smith, Peter (14 April 2015). "STV election profile: Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale". STV News. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  3. ^ Kilpatrick, Sandy (6 July 2015). "MP David Mundell's spent more than total of all his rival candidates". dailyrecord.

External links[edit]

  • Profile on Scottish Parliament website