Jean Turner

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Jean Turner
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
In office
1 May 2003 – 2 April 2007
Preceded by Brian Fitzpatrick
Succeeded by David Whitton
Personal details
Born (1939-12-23) 23 December 1939 (age 77)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political party Independent
Profession Medical doctor

Jean McGivern Turner (born 23 December 1939 in Glasgow) is a former Independent Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Strathkelvin and Bearsden 2003–07.

Medical career[edit]

Turner qualified as a medical doctor and worked as an anaesthetist registrar at the Southern General Hospital,[1] then as a General practitioner in the Springburn area in Glasgow for 25 years.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

In 2001, a range of services at Stobhill Hospital were under threat and a "Save Stobhill" campaign had emerged. In March 2001 the constituency MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Sam Galbraith announced his resignation for health reasons, triggering a in the Strathkelvin and Bearsden Holyrood by-election of 2001. By April 44,000 had signed a petition.[4] At the age of 61, having recently retired as a general practitioner, Turner entered the by-election as the independent "Save Stobhill" candidate.[2] In that race, she finished second with 7,572 votes or 18%.[3] She also campaigned against Labour's treatment of the NHS.[citation needed]

In October 2002 she confirmed that she would stand as candidate at the elections the following year.[5] In the 2003 Scottish parliamentary elections, she stood again in Strathkelvin and Bearsden on the same platform she used in 2001.[6] This time, Turner won the seat with 10,988 votes or 31%.[7] She finished ahead of Labour's Brian Fitzpatrick, who was previously head of policy in Donald Dewar's policy unit.[8]

She sat on the Health committee during her time as a MSP.[9]

In February 2007, Turner announced she would stand for re-election at the Scottish Parliament election, 2007,[10] but lost her seat to the Labour candidate, David Whitton.[11]

Patients association[edit]

In August 2007 she was appointed as chief executive of the Scotland Patients Association.[1]

See also[edit]

Other doctors elected on similar platforms:


  1. ^ a b "New post for former MSP". Kirkintilloch Herald. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Kindly GP terrifies the opposition Independent candidate's bedside manner proves a winner on the stump in forgotten by-election". The Herald. Glasgow. 7 June 2001. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Hospital campaign shakes by-election". BBC News. 8 June 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "One year on, our Save Stobhill campaign is as strong as ever". Kirkintilloch Herald. 3 January 2002. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "Doctor set to contest Labour seat". The Scotsman. 7 October 2002. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "GP in hospitals election fight". BBC News. 7 October 2002. 
  7. ^ "UK | Scotland | Independents head to Holyrood". BBC News. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Campaigning doctor stuns Labour". The Scotsman. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Jean Turner". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  10. ^ Dinwoodie, Robbie (12 February 2007). "Independent MSP Turner to stand again". The Herald. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "Labour reclaim Strathkelvin and Bearsden". Kirkintilloch Herald. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 9 July 2017. 
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Brian Fitzpatrick
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Succeeded by
David Whitton