Linda Fabiani (born 14 December 1956 in Glasgow) is a Scottish politician, with Italian origins. A member of the Scottish National Party, she is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for East Kilbride.
At each of these elections, Fabiani had also contested the First past the post constituency of East Kilbride finishing as runner up to Andy Kerr of Labour, reducing Labour's majority from 6,499 in 1999 to 1,972 in 2007.
Following the election of 2003, she served as the SNP's Deputy Spokesman on Communities inside the Scottish Parliament and chaired the Parliament's European and External Relations Committee.
With the SNP taking control of the Scottish Government after the 2007 election, Fabiani was appointed Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture. Half way though the SNP's term, she was replaced as minister by Mike Russell.
In May 2011, in the first SNP gain of the election, Fabiani took the East Kilbride constituency from Andy Kerr. With Kerr widely touted as a potential successor to Labour Leader Iain Gray, this was one of the major SNP victories of the election. On 21 June 2011 she became the Convener of the Scotland Bill committee.
After her election, she set up a constituency office in 1/3 Strathmore House in the town centre of East Kilbride.
After being re-elected in the 2016 election, Fabiani was elected as one of the two Deputy Presiding Officers of the Scottish Parliament.
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| Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture
(as Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution)
| Minister for Gaelic