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Claudia Hamilton Beamish[3] (born 9 August 1952) is a Scottish Labour and Co-operative Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, representing the South of Scotland region[4] since she was elected on 5 May 2011.

Claudia Hamilton Beamish

Claudia Beamish, 2016 Labour Party Conference.jpg
Beamish in 2016
Scottish Labour Spokesperson for Climate Change, Environment and Land Reform
Assumed office
17 December 2011
LeaderJohann Lamont
Jim Murphy
Kezia Dugdale
Richard Leonard
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South Scotland
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1952-08-09) 9 August 1952 (age 66)
Political partyScottish Labour Co-operative
Spouse(s)Michael Derrington [1][2]


Early lifeEdit

Claudia Beamish is the daughter of the Conservative life peer Tufton Victor Hamilton Beamish, Baron Chelwood and his first wife Janet McMillan Stevenson.[3] Beamish has previously worked as a primary school teacher.[5][6]

Political careerEdit

Beamish was placed at the top of Labour's list for the South of Scotland in the 2003[7] and 2007 Scottish Parliament elections[8] and was Labour Co-operative candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale at the 2010 general election.

Beamish was the Convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee in the Scottish Parliament in the second half of 2011. Following the election of Johann Lamont as Labour leader, Beamish was appointed as Labour's Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change. She is a member of various Cross-Party Groups; Deputy Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Dyslexia;[9] Deputy Convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Men's Violence Against Women and Children;[10] and Co-convenor of the Cross-Party Group on Carers.[11]

While an MSP, Beamish rented a flat in Edinburgh’s Shandon district that is owned by former Education minister Peter Peacock.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Beamish's partner is Michael Derrington, an actor and "autism practitioner"[clarify]. They brought up their family in Pettinain in the Clydesdale region.[2]


  1. ^ "About Claudia | Claudia Beamish MSP". Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Clydesdale Teacher hopes to chalk up win over Tories at general election". Hamilton Advertiser. 9 May 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Hon. Claudia Hamilton Beamish". p. 27085. Retrieved 12 January 2012.[unreliable source]
  4. ^ "Current Members - Claudia Beamish". The Scottish Parliament. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Labour vetoes left-winger; Supporters cry foul as Alex Smith's bid to stand as party candidate in Ayr by-election is blocked". 22 January 2000. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Scottish Labour Party elects new Chair | - The Scottish Labour Party". 18 April 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Daughter of ex-Tory MP running as Labour candidate". The Scotsman. 28 January 2003. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser | News | Chance for small parties". 19 April 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Hutcheon, Paul (9 October 2016). "Labour MSP charges taxpayer £57,000 for living in former Education Minister's flat". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 9 October 2016.

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