- Margaret Ewing
Margaret Ewing Member of the Scottish Parliament
6 May 1999 – 21 March 2006
Preceded by New Parliament Succeeded by Richard Lochhead Member of the UK Parliament
11 June 1987 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Alexander Pollock Succeeded by Angus Robertson Member of the UK Parliament
for East Dunbartonshire
10 October 1974 – 3 May 1979
Preceded by Barry Henderson Succeeded by Norman Hogg Personal details Born Margaret Anne McAdam
1 September 1945
Died 21 March 2006(aged 60)
Nationality Scottish Political party Scottish National Party Spouse(s) Fergus Ewing Alma mater University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde
Margaret Anne Ewing (née McAdam; 1 September 1945 - 21 March 2006) was a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) and as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP). She was a candidate for the SNP leadership election in 1990.
She attended the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde, and was a teacher before being elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for East Dunbartonshire at the October 1974 election, by just 22 votes, when she was known as Margaret Bain. At one point she burst into tears in the House of Commons when a devolution proposal was defeated. With the downturn in SNP electoral fortunes at the 1979 Election she lost her seat in the House of Commons. She unsuccessfully contested the Strathkelvin and Bearsden constituency at the 1983 Election.
She then worked as a freelance journalist before being re-elected to Westminster at the 1987 election to represent Moray, by which time she was known as Margaret Ewing. She held this seat until standing down at the 2001 general election to concentrate on Holyrood. She stood for the leadership of the SNP in 1990 but lost out to Alex Salmond despite the backing of many prominent SNP members (such as Jim Sillars).
In 1999, at the first Scottish Parliament Election she was returned to represent Moray. She was returned again in 2003.
In August 2005 she had announced that she was not seeking reelection in the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections. The SNP comfortably retained her vacant seat at the by-election which took place on 27 April 2006.
She died from breast cancer, aged 60, on 21 March 2006.
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- SNP veteran Margaret Ewing dies (BBC)
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Parliament of the United Kingdom Preceded by
Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire
Member of Parliament for Moray
Scottish Parliament Preceded by
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Moray
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