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Margaret Curran MSP

In office
4 October 2004 – 17 May 2007
First Minister Jack McConnell
Preceded by Patricia Ferguson
Succeeded by Bruce Crawford

In office
21 May 2003 – 4 October 2004
First Minister Jack McConnell
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Malcolm Chisholm

In office
9 May 2002 – 21 May 2003
First Minister Jack McConnell
Preceded by Iain Gray
Succeeded by Office Abolished

Assumed office 
6 May 1999
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 3,934 (22.8%)

Born 24 November 1958 (1958-11-24) (age 51)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Religion Roman Catholic

Margaret Curran (born 24 November 1958) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Baillieston since 1999; she has held a number of posts within the Scottish Executive, including Minister for Parliamentary Business, Minister for Social Justice and Minister for Communities.



Before entering the Scottish Parliament she was a lecturer in community education at the University of Strathclyde and before that she was a community worker. She and her husband Rab live in Glasgow with their two sons.

She first became politically active in the Glasgow University Labour Club in the late 1970s, where she was associated with Johann Lamont and Sarah Boyack. She held several posts in Labour student politics, including secretary of Glasgow University Labour Club, secretary of the Scottish Organisation of Labour Students, chair of that organisation, and vice-chair of the Labour Club. She was Mohammad Sarwar's election agent in Glasgow Govan in the UK general election of 1997.

Member of the Scottish Parliament

In 1999 she was elected to the new Scottish Parliament, and was promoted to a junior minister when Henry McLeish became First Minister and later became a member of the Scottish Executive.[1]

She served as convenor of the Social Inclusion committee, then was promoted to Deputy Minister for Social Justice. She then rose to become minister in that portfolio, which later changed to Minister for Communities, introducing the Homelessness (Scotland) Bill [2] in September 2002. She held the position of Minister for Parliamentary Business from 2004 until 2007.

She was re-elected comfortably in 2003 and again in 2007. Given the Scottish Labour Party's losses in that later election, she was widely viewed as a popular potential successor to Jack McConnell but decided not to stand against Wendy Alexander who went on to succeed McConnell.

On 30 June 2008 David Marshall, MP for the Glasgow East constituency, resigned from the United Kingdom Parliament on grounds of ill health, triggering a by-election.[3] The Labour candidate for the by-election was to have been announced on 4 July,[4] though the announcement was postponed when the likely choice, local councillor George Ryan, chose to withdraw from the nomination process.[5] On 5 July Curran placed herself forward for nomination on the Labour Party's shortlist and was confirmed as their candidate on 7 July.[6][7] The by-election took place on 24 July 2008 and Curran was defeated by John Mason of the Scottish National Party by 365 votes.[8] The swing from Labour was 22.54%.

Curran was a favourite to succeed former Labour leader Wendy Alexander when she resigned following donation rows.[citation needed] Curran instead pledged her support to Iain Gray who was standing against Cathy Jamieson and Andy Kerr. Iain Gray was voted Scottish Labour Party Leader and appointed Curran to manage the party's new manifesto.[citation needed]

Margaret Curran has also been selected as the Labour candidate for the Glasgow East constituency in the general election.


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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Baillieston
Political offices
Preceded by
Patricia Ferguson
Minister for Parliamentary Business
Succeeded by
Bruce Crawford
Preceded by
Office Created
Minister for Communities
Succeeded by
Malcolm Chisholm
Preceded by
Iain Gray
Minister for Social Justice
Succeeded by
Office Abolished
Preceded by
Office Created
Deputy Minister for Social Justice
Succeeded by
Des McNulty


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