Rachael Hamilton

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Rachael Hamilton

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Assumed office
10 June 2017
Preceded byJohn Lamont
Majority9,338 (24.2%)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South Scotland
In office
6 May 2016 – 3 May 2017
Succeeded byMichelle Ballantyne
Personal details
BornSeptember 1970 (Age 48)
Brecon, Powys, United Kingdom
Political partyScottish Conservative Party
Alma materHarper Adams University

Rachael Georgina Hamilton (born 9 September 1970) is a British politician who is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Scottish Parliament for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire having been elected in a by-election in June 2017. Previously she was a list MSP for the South Scotland region, elected in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[1]


Hamilton grew up on the family farm in Herefordshire. She studied agriculture at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire and after graduating joined a graduate training programme to become an agronomist with Schering Agriculture.[2]


Hamilton resigned her list seat in order to contest the 2017 Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire by-election on 8 June.[3] She won the by-election with a majority of over 9,000.[1]

In 2016 she stood for the Scottish Parliament as the Conservative candidate for the East Lothian constituency where she came third, then was elected from the South Scotland regional list.[4]

Hamilton is shadow cabinet secretary for culture and tourism in the Scottish Parliament.[5] She sits on the public petitions Committee in the Scottish Parliament.[6][7]

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  1. ^ a b "Rachael Hamilton wins Scottish Parliament by-election". BBC News Website. BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Scottish Parliament Election 2016". East Lothian Conservatives.
  3. ^ "MSP Rachael Hamilton quits to fight Holyrood by-election". BBC News. BBC. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Election 2016: South Scotland. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Scottish Conservative appointments for new parliamentary term". Scottish Conservative Party. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Memberhip". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Membership – European and External Relations Committee". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 June 2016.