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On 1st of May 2003 Elaine Smith was re-elected by the people of Coatbridge and Chryston as their representative in the Scottish Parliament. This follows the historic elections of May 6th 1999 which saw the formation of the Scottish Parliament and Elaine elected as the first ever MSP for the area. In her second term as MSP Elaine pledges to:

  • To be a devoted full-time MSP with a staffed, accessible office.
  • To work closely with the Westminster MP, local councillors, and community organisations to ensure her constituents the best possible representation.
  • To continue to campaign to ensure that the issue of poverty, particularly child poverty, and all resultant inequalities such as those in the areas of health, social justice, housing and employment remain central to the work of the Scottish Parliament.
  • To work towards an inclusive Scottish society where equal opportunities are fundamental.
  • To represent the best interests of my constituent’s at a national level and to promote and support opportunities for growth and regeneration within Coatbridge and Chryston.

Fact File:

  • Born 7th May 1963, Coatbridge.
  • Former pupil of St Patricks High School, Coatbridge.
  • Married to Vann whose family is from Chryston, and is mother to their young son.
  • Honours degree in Social Science (Economics and Politics).
  • Post Graduate Teacher Training (Modern Studies and Economics with merit).
  • Diploma in Public Sector Management (with merit).
  • Has worked in Local Government and the Voluntary Sector and has taught in various schools.
  • Member of the T&G union and the General Teaching Council.

Election Quote:

"I am very grateful to have received such an endorsement from my constituents and I am looking forward to a busy second session in the Scottish Parliament. In our first four years we have achieved much for Scotland. However, there is still a huge amount of work to be done. I hope that this second session will see the Parliament both learning from and building upon the experiences of its first four years. I am personally very pleased to have been given another opportunity to represent the people of Coatbridge and Chryston and I will continue to work hard to provide them with a strong voice at Holyrood."


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