|Member of the Scottish Parliament|
for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
|Assumed office |
5 May 2016
|Preceded by||Rob Gibson|
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Domestic partner||Stuart Ross|
Gail Elizabeth Ross is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross since the election in May 2016. She was a councillor on the Highland Council 2011–2016, and civic leader of Caithness 2012–2016.
She joined the SNP in 1997. She was first elected to Highland council in a by-election in 2011. At the time her success was considered a breakthrough for the SNP. She was re-elected in May 2012.
In May 2012, following re-election to Highland Council, she became the civic leader of Caithness.
In August 2015, Ross spoke out against the Grindadráp, a Faroese traditional celebration of whaling, suggesting that on account of this that Wick should reconsider their twinning arrangement with the town of Klaksvík. Ross wrote to the mayor of Klaksvík to raise her concerns that the whaling was not something that Wick should be associated with. In January 2016 the matter was brought to the Highland Council, which led to an intervention from Klaksvík's mayor. The council deferred making a decision.
In August 2015, she was announced as the SNP candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, in place of the retiring Rob Gibson. She has called for increased provision of ambulances in Caithness. She has highlighted the need for affordable housing in the Highlands. In May 2016 she was elected with a majority of 3,913. The following month she was elected as the deputy convener of the Rural Affairs and Connectivity Committee.
In November 2016 she resigned her position on Highland council after other Caithness councillors called for an independent review into the introduction of midwife-led maternity services in their area made by NHS Highland. Ross supported the decision by NHS Highland to proceed with the reconfiguration to a Community Maternity Unit (CMU) at Caithness General Hospital, which had been recommended on safety grounds following a review.
She is married to a teacher and they have a son together.
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