Jenny Marra

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Jenny Marra
Jenny Marra MSP.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Personal details
Born Jennifer Margaret Marra
(1977-11-06) 6 November 1977 (age 39)
Dundee, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of St Andrews
Emory University
University of Dundee

Jennifer Margaret "Jenny" Marra (born 6 November 1977) is a Scottish Labour Party politician representing the North East Scotland electoral region in the Scottish Parliament since 2011.

Born in Dundee in 1977, she attended St John's High School before going to study history at St Andrews University, where she won a scholarship to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She returned to her home town and spent five years promoting Dundee as a location for students, research and investment as Head of Press at Dundee University.[1] After a stint as the Labour MEPs spokesperson in Brussels and Strasbourg, Marra took a Scots law degree and qualified in both Scots and English law and Scottish legal practice. She is member of the GMB, Community and Amnesty International.[2] She was Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport.[3] In addition to her party posts, Marra was also the Convenor for the Cross Party Group on Deafness.[3] She is a niece of the late musician Michael Marra.[4] In the 2014 Scottish Labour Party leadership election, Marra acted as Co-Chair of Jim Murphy’s campaign.[5]

At the 2016 Scottish Parliament election Marra stood for Dundee City West constituency and finished behind Joe Fitzpatrick, then she was returned to parliament as a list MSP.[6] She is currently the Convener of the Scottish Committee for Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny.[7]