|Member of the Scottish Parliament |
for Highlands and Islands
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
3 May 2007 – 23 March 2016
6 May 1999 – 7 April 2006
|Born||25 May 1947|
|Political party||Scottish Conservative Party|
She unsuccessfully contested North East Fife in the 1992 general election; finishing in second place with 16,122 votes and a 38.5% share of the vote. She contested Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber at the 1997 general election; where she finished in fourth place with a 17.5% share of the vote and received 8,355 votes.
She resigned from her list seat to contest the 2006 Moray by-election caused by the death of Scottish National Party MSP Margaret Ewing, but was defeated in the by-election by Richard Lochhead of the SNP. During the campaign, the decision to keep the word "Conservative" off her election material proved controversial. She was embroiled in further controversy when it emerged that letters apparently backing her candidacy from local independent councillors were not authorised. Her list seat was taken up by Dave Petrie.
She has served as Health spokeswoman for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and on her resignation was their spokesman for Communities. In her capacity as Health spokeswoman, she has called for single vaccine alternatives to the MMR vaccine. Scanlon was the-then Conservative spokesperson for Education and Lifelong Learning.
In 2014, Scanlon revealed she routinely socialised and drank with the late independent MSP Margo MacDonald and Christine Grahame of the SNP in what they called the "White Heather Club" - the Scottish Parliament's bar.
Scanlon was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours.
- "Police urged to investigate 'dishonest and deceitful' Tory election tactics". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
- "Election results 2011: Scottish parliament results in full". 5 May 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
- Uptake of MMR vaccine failing to hit target level
- Mary Scanlon's website, "Scottish Parliament lost a great MSP when Margo MacDonald died recently", June 2014
- "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B9.
- Mary Scanlon MSP profile at the site of the Scottish Parliament