|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
3 May 2007
6 May 1999 – 7 April 2006
25 May 1947 |
|Political party||Scottish Conservative Party|
She resigned from her list seat to contest the 2006 Moray by-election caused by the death of Scottish National Party MSP Margaret Ewing, but was defeated in the by-election by Richard Lochhead of the SNP. During the campaign the decision to keep the word "Conservative" off her election literature proved controversial. She was embroilled in further controversy when it emerged that letters apparently backing her candidacy from local independent councillors were not authorised. Her list seat was taken up by Dave Petrie.
She has served as health spokeswoman for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and on her resignation was their spokesman for Communities. In her capacity as health spokeswoman, she has called for single vaccine alternatives to the MMR vaccine. Scanlon is currently the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party's spokesperson for education and lifelong learning.
In 2014 Scanlon revealled she routinely socialised and drank with the late independent MSP Margo MacDonald and Christine Grahame of the SNP in the "White Heather Club", the Scottish Parliament's bar. 
- "Police urged to investigate 'dishonest and deceitful' Tory election tactics". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
- Uptake of MMR vaccine failing to hit target level
- Mary Scanlon's website, "Scottish Parliament lost a great MSP when Margo MacDonald died recently", June 2014
- Mary Scanlon MSP profile at the site of the Scottish Parliament