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Jackie Baillie MSP

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Dumbarton
Assumed office 
6 May 1999
Preceded by new constituency
Majority 1,611 (5.4%)

Born 15 January 1964 (1964-01-15) (age 46)
Hong Kong
Political party Scottish Labour Party

Jackie Baillie (born 15 January 1964, Hong Kong) is a Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Dumbarton constituency and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health. Schooled in the English Lake District, she studied at Cumbernauld College, Strathclyde University and the University of Glasgow.

She was first elected at the inaugural election for the Scottish Parliament. She was re-elected in 2003. A member of the Scottish Parliament's Justice 2 Committee and Public Petitions Committee, she was previously a member of the Scottish Executive, serving as Minister for Social Justice when Henry McLeish was First Minister.

As a backbench MSP, her call for tolls to be scrapped on the Erskine Bridge (which connects her constituency to Renfrewshire) [1] in 2004, was eventually adopted by the Scottish Executive and the tolls were abolished in March 2006. She has also campaigned for a public inquiry into a lethal outbreak of Clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital.

Jackie also allows secondary school pupils to join her on a work experience program where they are given an insight into politics.

In 2009 she successfully brought into being an act of the Scottish Parliament, with the unanimous support of all MSPs, to allow for greater protection of disabled parking spaces.

She is known to be openly against minimum pricing of alcohol.[2] The Chivas distillery is in her constituency. [3]

Her expense bill for biscuits, tea and coffee is third highest in the Scottish Parliament. In the last 3 years, she spent almost £500 on biscuits. [4]

Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dumbarton
Political offices
Preceded by
Office Created
Minister for Social Justice
Succeeded by
Iain Gray
Preceded by
Office Created
Deputy Minister for Communities
Succeeded by
Office Abolished

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