- Rosemary Byrne
name =Rosemary Byrne
birth_date =Birth date and age|1948|3|3|df=y
birth_place = Irvine
office = Leader of Solidarity
3 September, 2006
predecessor = "New Position"
office2 = MSP
term_start2 = 2003
term_end2 = 2007
Rosemary Byrne (born
3 March 1948, Irvine) co-convenor of Solidarity (Scotland)and a former Member of the Scottish Parliament(MSP) for the South of Scotland region. She was elected as a representative of the Scottish Socialist Partyin 2003, but lost her seat in the 2007 election after she and Tommy Sheridanleft the Scottish Socialist Party(SSP) to form Solidarity (Scotland).
Byrne lives in Irvine and was a teacher and a trade union activist for several years. In 2003 she was elected to the Scottish Parliament, and scored the SSP's best constituency vote outside Glasgow in Cunninghame South.
At the time of the 2003 election she was arguably the least prominent of the SSP's six MSPs, and she was the only one of the six who was not already a member of the SSP executive. At the February 2005 conference of the SSP she was elected as one of its co-chairs. However she did not stand for re-election to this post or the executive committee at its conference in March 2006, stating that she was standing down for personal reasons.
Following a controversial
defamationcase in 2006 between fellow SSP MSP Tommy Sheridanand the British tabloidnewspaper The News Of The Worldboth Sheridan and Byrne split from the SSP. They then formed a new socialistparty which they named "Solidarity".
During the trial, in which Sheridan sued the News of the World for defamation and won, Byrne gave evidence supporting Sheridan. On the 1 October, 2006 the News of the World published fresh evidence which it claims proves that their allegations were true and Sheridan had thus lied to the Court of Session during the trial. Sheridan was subsequently charged with perjury. [ [http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5h_nozeIMfbfRmljRD8NxbKDNc51Q] Sheridan faces perjury charges]
Both she and
Tommy Sheridanare accused by the IWWand the NUJ of betraying workers by unilaterally removing funding from the collective body which employed parliamentary staff. [cite web | url=http://www.iww.org.uk/about/updates/061115-solidarity/index.html | title=Sheridan betrays own workers | author=Manny Neira | date=15 November, 2006 | work=Industrial Workers of the World | accessdate=2007-05-04]
On 15th Feb 2008, Byrne was arrested on suspicion of perjury in relation to the Sheridan libel trial [ [http://www.stv.tv/info/news/20080211/stv__news__scotland__Former_MSP_arres_20080215 Former MSP arrested in perjury investigation] ]
* [http://www.solidarityscotland.org Solidarity Scotland - Official Website]
* [http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msp/membersPages/rosemary_byrne/index.htm Official biography]
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