Mary Scanlon

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Mary Scanlon
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Highlands and Islands
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
6 May 1999
Personal details
Born (1947-05-25) 25 May 1947 (age 68)
Political party Scottish Conservative Party

Mary Scanlon (born 25 May 1947, Dundee) is a Conservative politician, and Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Highlands and Islands region from 1999 to 2006 and since 2007.

She contested North East Fife in the General Election of 1992 and Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber at the General Election of 1997.

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.[1]

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,.[2] 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 Assembly's bar. [3]

She was returned to Parliament on the list vote in the 2007 election after failing to win the 2006 by-election. She was again re-elected in 2011.[4] She is not standing for re-election in 2016.


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