Karen Gillon

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Karen Gillon
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Clydesdale
In office
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byAileen Campbell
Personal details
Karen Turnbull

(1967-08-18) 18 August 1967 (age 52)
Jedburgh, Scotland, UK
Political partyScottish Labour Party

Karen Gillon (née Turnbull; born 18 August 1967) is a Scottish Labour Party politician who served as Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Clydesdale constituency from 1999 to 2011.

Gillon was born in 1967 in Edinburgh. She studied at the University of Birmingham and worked in community education before entering politics.[1] From 1997 until 1999, she served as personal assistant to Helen Liddell MP.

Gillon was elected in the 1999 Scottish Parliament election, taking 16,755 votes (43.02%). She was re-elected in 2003 with 14,800 votes (46.62%) and in 2007 with 13,835 votes (41.5%). She served as Labour's spokesperson on rural development until her defeat in 2011. She was co-chairperson of the Cross Party Group on Malawi and worked with civic society across Scotland and in the Clydesdale constituency, to develop better links between the two countries.

She was defeated in the 2011 Scottish Parliament election by SNP candidate Aileen Campbell by 4,216 votes (14.1%).


  1. ^ "Jedburgh Grammar Achievers (1)". schoolsproject.co.uk. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Clydesdale
Succeeded by
Aileen Campbell