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 40)
Dundee, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish Labour Party
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.

Early life and career[edit]

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]

She is a niece of the late musician Michael Marra.[2]

Political career[edit]

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.[3] She was Labour's Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport.[4] In addition to her party posts, Marra was also the Convenor for the Cross Party Group on Deafness.[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]


  1. ^ Jenny Marra's website Archived 22 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Dundee musician Michael Marra dies following battle with illness". STV. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Jenny Marra MSP Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b The Scottish Parliament profile of Jenny Marra Archived 20 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Douglas Dickie (7 November 2014). "Scottish Labour Leadership: Rutherglen MSP gives his backing to Jim Murphy MP in leadership race". Daily Record. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Holyrood 2016: SNP hold Tayside and Central seats". BBC News. BBC. 6 May 2016. Archived from the original on 9 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee". Archived from the original on 1 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.