Nanette Milne

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Nanette Milne
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for North East Scotland
In office
1 May 2003 – 23 March 2016
Personal details
Born (1942-04-27) 27 April 1942 (age 74)
Political party Scottish Conservative Party
Alma mater University of Aberdeen

Nanette Lilian Margaret Milne (born 27 April 1942, in Aberdeen) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for North East Scotland between 2003 and 2016.


She was brought up in Aberdeen’s Woodside. She attended the Aberdeen High School for Girls. She then went on to study at the University of Aberdeen where she graduated as a doctor in 1969. In the 1970s she took a break from her profession to raise two children. After her break she took on part-time cancer research work.

Political career[edit]

She joined the Conservative Party in 1974. She originally started as a grassroots activist, she then moved on to the committee of her local branch. Then chairman of her constituency association and then in 1989-1993 she was vice-chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party.

She stood for election to the Scottish Parliament in Aberdeen South in 1999. She then stood for the Westminster seat of Gordon in the 2001 General Election and then stood for Gordon again in the 2003 Scottish Parliament elections where she came second to the Liberal Democrats and increased the Conservatives’ share of the vote.

She was elected as one of three North East Conservative list MSPs. In February 2005 she was promoted to Conservative spokesman for Health and Community Care.

From 1988-1999 Nanette was elected to Aberdeen City Council for the Cults ward. For eight years Nanette was a member of the Council’s Planning Committee and she became a founder trustee of the Aberdeen Countryside Project. Nanette is also heavily involved in Aberdeen International Youth Festival of which she is a passionate supporter and very enthusiastic trustee and "Friend" of the festival. She also became a trustee of the Aberdeen-Gomel Trust, formed after the Chernobyl disaster, and is still an active member of the Friends of Gomel.

Nanette has also served as a governor on the University of Aberdeen court and she spearheaded the formation of an informal Alumnus group of Aberdeen graduates who work within the Scottish Parliament.

Nanette stood in the Gordon constituency for the 2007 Scottish elections. She came third, behind the SNP's Alex Salmond and the Liberal Democrats Nora Radcliffe. She was however elected as a member on the Regional list for the North East region. She did not stand for re-election in 2016.

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