Kirstene Hair

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Kirstene Hair

Kirstene Hair MP - official photo 2017.jpg
Official portrait, June 2017
Home Affairs Select Committee Member
Assumed office
20 February 2018
Preceded byWill Quince
Member of Parliament
for Angus
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byMike Weir
Majority2,644 (6.6%)
Personal details
Born (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 29)[1]
Brechin, Scotland
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen

Kirstene Janette Hair[2] MP (born 12 August 1989) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Angus[3] in June 2017.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Hair was born in Brechin, Angus, and was raised among a large farming family. She studied politics at the University of Aberdeen.

Hair was previously the Conservative candidate for Angus South in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, being defeated by incumbent Scottish National Party MSP Graeme Dey, with an increased share of the vote (+15.3) for the Conservatives.[5] Prior to her election as an MP, Hair worked for publishers DC Thomson.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Hair was elected to the House of Commons in 2017, overturning a majority of over 11,000 to unseat the Scottish National Party (SNP) chief whip Mike Weir in a sequence of seat gains for the Scottish Conservatives.[6] Hair is the first Conservative Party representative for the area since 1987 and is one of the youngest MPs in Parliament.[7]

In September 2017, Hair said that she had not voted in the June 2016 referendum on Brexit because the choice was "very difficult".[8][9] She added: "I just ultimately couldn't make that decision and I thought I would therefore go with the will of the UK which if I'm honest I thought we would remain".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "No. 27885". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 1076.
  3. ^ "Kirstene Hair MP". parliament.uk. UK Parliament.
  4. ^ Weaver, Matthew; Phipps, Claire; Sparrow, Andrew (9 June 2017). "Election results live: May's future in question as swing to Labour grows". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2017. The first Tory gain of the night comes in Scotland, where Kirstene Hair has defeated the SNP’s Mike Weir.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Lindsey (6 May 2016). "Election 2016: SNP hold both Angus seats". Evening Telegraph. Dundee. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  6. ^ Strachan, Graeme (9 June 2017). "Kirstene Hair sensationally topples Mike Weir to win Angus seat". The Courier. Dundee. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  7. ^ Jock, Calton (27 May 2017). "Kirstene Hair – A Little Sweetheart – From a Good Looking Rich Landowning Family is Standing for the Angus South Constituency – Is This the Future? Straight Outa School and off to Westminster – Surely a Joke!!". anyvoice.co.uk. Any Voice. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  8. ^ Alex, Michael; er. "Newly elected Angus MP Kirstene Hair reveals why she did not vote in Brexit referendum". The Courier. Retrieved 2019-01-15.
  9. ^ "Tory MP did not vote in EU referendum because choice was 'very difficult'". BBC News. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  10. ^ Horton, Helena (22 September 2017). "New Scottish MP admits she did not vote in the Brexit referendum". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 September 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mike Weir
Member of Parliament for Angus
2017–present
Incumbent