Fiona McLeod

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Fiona McLeod
Minister for Children and Young People
Assumed office
18 December 2014
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded by Aileen Campbell
(on maternity leave)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by David Whitton
Majority 1,802
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for West of Scotland
In office
6 May 1999 – 6 May 2003
Preceded by new parliament
Personal details
Born (1957-12-03) 3 December 1957 (age 58)
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater Glasgow University
Strathclyde University
Profession Librarian

Fiona McLeod (born 3 December 1957, Glasgow) is a Scottish politician. She is the Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Strathkelvin and Bearsden constituency. She has previously been an MSP for the West of Scotland region from 1999 to 2003.[1]


McLeod studied History at University of Glasgow, before gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship at University of Strathclyde. She worked as a librarian at Glasgow North College of Nursing and the Marie Curie Huntershill Hospice. She was appointed to Ofcom's Scottish Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2006, and was a founding member of Westerton Junior Youth Club. McLeod is married with one son.

Scottish parliament[edit]

In the 1999 election she stood as a constituency candidate in Strathkelvin and Bearsden, where she was runner-up to Labour candidate Sam Galbraith. However her number four position on the SNP West of Scotland list was enough to take her to Holyrood. She served as Shadow Depute Minister for Education, Children and Sport.

Galbraith resigned his seat in 2001 but McLeod did not stand in the subsequent by-election as this would have meant resigning her seat. However she did contest the seat in the 2003 election but finished fourth, behind Jean Turner (an independent), Brian Fitzpatrick (who had won the by-election) and Jo Swinson (who would later become MP for part of the seat). She also only placed 7th on the SNP list for West of Scotland and so also lost her top-up place in parliament.

In the Scottish Parliament general election 2011 she won the constituency of Strathkelvin and Bearsden following the SNP landslide victory, defeating David Whitton on a swing of 7.7%.

On 18 December 2014[2] she was appointed to serve as Minister for Children and Young People during Aileen Campbell MSP's maternity leave. The intention to make the appointment had previously been announced on 21 November 2014.[3]


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