Rosie Kane

Rosemary "Rosie" Kane (née McGarvey) (born on 5 June 1961 in Glasgow) is a Scottish Socialist Party politician, and former Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow Region.

Rosie Kane
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
In office
1 May 2003  2 April 2007
Personal details
Rosemary McGarvey

(1961-06-05) 5 June 1961
Political partyScottish Socialist Party
ChildrenTwo daughters

Political history

Introduction to politics

Kane entered politics after becoming involved in a campaign against the extension of the M77 motorway. In 1996 she was the first ever candidate of the newly formed Scottish Socialist Alliance when she contested a Glasgow City Council by-election in the Toryglen ward, an area threatened by the M74 extension plan, and came third with 18% of the vote. After this she was an election candidate a number of times for the Scottish Socialist Alliance and its successor the Scottish Socialist Party. She served on the National Executive committee of the party for a number of years and as the party's environmental spokesperson, writing a column "One World" for the Scottish Socialist Voice.

Parliamentary work (2003-2007)

Kane stood for election to the Scottish Parliament in 2003, and was placed second on the party's list in Glasgow region. She was elected alongside Tommy Sheridan, who was first on the list.[1][2] In her victory speech, she stated how she planned to shake up the Parliament, stating "They're going to be amazed at all the madness and craziness that's going to happen in there".[3]

MSPs are required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen before they can take their seat in Parliament. As the Scottish Socialist Party is a republican party, their MSPs held various protests during the oath ceremony, during which Kane took her oath with her hand raised which had the words "My oath is to the people" written on it.[4]

On 6 November 2003, Kane appeared on Question Time alongside the SNP's Alex Salmond, Labour MSP Cathy Jamieson, Tory MP Francis Maude and Peter Obourne of The Spectator. Host David Dimbleby referred to her contribution as "eloquent and intriguing". According to the Scottish Socialist Voice, Kane faced accusations from the audience that the SSP were slow to condemn Palestinian suicide bombers she responded by saying she "condemned all attacks on innocent people, emphasising Israel's fault regarding non-negotiations in the on-going conflict".[5]

In late 2003, she announced that she was taking a short break from politics to deal with clinical depression. She returned to work early in 2004.[6][7]

In 2005, Kane accepted an invitation to meet Fidel Castro at a conference in Cuba.[8][9] Later in 2005, she took part in an anti-nuclear protest, locking herself to a model of a nuclear submarine outside the Scottish Parliament building.[10] She was fined £150 for the demonstration, and was imprisoned in Cornton Vale for 14 days in October 2006 after refusing to pay. In January 2007, she was arrested but not charged for taking part in a peaceful anti-nuclear demonstration at Faslane, as part of the Faslane 365 campaign.

In June 2005, along with fellow socialist MSPs Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, and Colin Fox, she was suspended from the Scottish Parliament for the month of September for disrupting parliamentary proceedings in a peaceful protest in the chamber. They were highlighting the issue of the right to protest outside the Gleneagles Hotel, the site of the 31st G8 summit.

During her time in parliament, she also campaigned against the treatment of toxic waste in South East Glasgow, against water fluoridation and against GM crops. She remains active in the fight to end the detention of children at Dungavel asylum detention centre, as well as campaigns for migrants rights and against dawn raids. She personally paid the bail for a Cameroonian woman called Mercy Ikolo and her Ireland-born 18-month-old baby to allow them to leave the centre, inviting them to stay with her and her daughters in their tenement flat until their visa issues were resolved.

After leaving parliament

Kane stood as the no. 1 candidate for her party on the Glasgow regional list for the 2007 Scottish Parliament election. The SSP polled 2,579 votes in the Glasgow region and failed to re-elect any candidates. Since September 2012, Kane has been involved in the Women for Independence campaign for Scottish independence.[11][12] In April 2015, she organized a vigil in George Square in Glasgow in relation to the killing of Karen Buckley.[13]

Other information

Rosie Kane is a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) and became a grandmother in February 2011.[14]

In 2011, Rosie Kane played the role of a mother in a play written by future SSP co-spokesperson Sandra Webster as part of the National Theatre of Scotland's Five Minute Theatre project. The play was inspired by Sandra's experience of bringing up her two autistic sons.[15] Rosie also appeared in An Evening With Rosie Kane in May 2012[16] and played herself in I, Tommy in September 2013.[17]

In May 2019 she married her long-term partner Adrian Doherty.


  1. "New faces gain as Labour lose seats". BBC News. 2 May 2003.
  2. "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Rosie Kane". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  3. "Holyrood set for 'craziness'". BBC News. 2 May 2003.
  4. "Oath protest as MSPs start work". BBC News. 7 May 2003.
  5. Paulley, Robert (19 November 2004). "Rosie plays a blinder". Scottish Socialist Voice. p. 5.
  6. "Depression debate for parliament". BBC News. 22 April 2004. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  7. "Rosie Kane takes two more months". The Herald. 7 January 2004. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  8. "Kane expresses Cuban solidarity". BBC News. 29 May 2005.
  9. "SCOTLAND: Rosie Kane reports from Havana". 22 June 2005. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  10. "MSP arrested in anti-nuclear demo". BBC News. 11 March 2005.
  11. "Scottish independence: Women encouraged to vote yes". BBC News. 30 September 2012.
  12. "Campaign to drive women to vote for independence backed by former Jack McConnell aide". Daily Record. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  13. "Karen Buckley's parents view floral tributes at George Square vigil". The Herald. 17 April 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  14. "Interview: Rosie Kane, former socialist MSP". Scotland on Sunday. 16 January 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  15. "Sandra's play moves Paisley Arts Centre audience to tears". Daily Record. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  16. Howard, Ali (18 May 2012). "Former MSP Rosie swaps Holyrood for the theatre". The Herald. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  17. "Tommy Sheridan using the bedroom tax to rebuild his political career, says former comrade Rosie Kane". Daily Record. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  • article in the Daily Record December 2010

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