Margaret Mitchell is the Scottish Conservative MSP for Central Scotland and was ranked to top the Central Scotland list again for the May 2016 elections.
Margaret Mitchell MSP was educated at Coatbridge High and taught for many years in primary and special education in Lanarkshire before leaving the teaching profession to study law. Margaret later graduated from Strathclyde University with an LLB and Diploma in Law and Legal Practice.
Margaret is a former Justice of the Peace and also a former Non-Executive Director of Hairmyres and Stonehouse NHS Trust. Margaret has been a councillor and was special adviser to David McLetchie MSP and James Douglas-Hamilton MSP prior to being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2003 as a member for Central Scotland.
Until 2007 Margaret was the Scottish Conservative Party’s Justice Spokesperson and was then appointed as convenor of the parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee, a role which she held until 2011. Following this Margaret was appointed as the Scottish Conservative Local Government Spokesperson. In September 2013, Margaret was re-appointed as the Scottish Conservative Justice Spokesperson and sits on the parliament’s Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing.
Margaret is involved with many different cross-party groups (CPGs) and is currently convener of the CPGs on: Dyslexia; Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, and the Caribbean. Furthermore Margaret is also co-convener of the CPG on Taiwan as well as being involved with the groups on Tibet and Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism.
In addition, Margaret is a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Scotland Branch Executive Committee.