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David Melvyn Linden[2] (born 14 May 1990) is a Scottish politician, and has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow East since the 2017 general election.[3]

David Linden

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Member of Parliament
for Glasgow East
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byNatalie McGarry
Majority75 (0.2%)
Personal details
Born (1990-05-14) 14 May 1990 (age 29)[1]
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party

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Early lifeEdit

Linden grew up in Cranhill in the East End of Glasgow, Scotland.[4] He was educated at Milncroft Primary School (now demolished and replaced by Cranhill Primary), Garrowhill Primary School and then Bannerman High School in Baillieston.[5][6] He left school at the age of sixteen and undertook an apprenticeship in Business Administration with Glasgow City Council.[7]

Political careerEdit

From 2015, Linden spent two years working as a parliamentary assistant for Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central.[8]

At the 2017 snap election, the sitting MP for Glasgow East, Natalie McGarry, was not reselected by the SNP. Linden was instead selected as the candidate for the seat.[9] He was elected, with a narrow majority of just 75 votes over Kate Watson of the Labour Party.[8] He wore his old Bannerman High School tie for being sworn in.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Linden is married to Roslyn, whom he met at church, and they have a son and daughter together.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "No. 27885". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 1077.
  3. ^ Kathleen Speirs (9 June 2017). "Glasgow's two new MPs - everything you need to know". Glasgow Live. MGN. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Local campaigner David Linden eyes SNP candidacy for Natalie McGarry's Glasgow East seat". CommonSpace. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ "David Linden". The SNP. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b Sim, Philip (16 June 2017). "First week at work for Scotland's new MPs". BBC News. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b Paterson, Kirsteen (20 June 2017). "New SNP MP David Linden: Vote count was as nerve-wracking as my son's birth". The National.
  8. ^ a b Rodger, Hannah (10 June 2017). "Election 2017: Meet Glasgow's new boys in town". The Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  9. ^ Paterson, Stewart (22 May 2017). "Election 2017: New candidate David Linden looking for success". Evening Times. Retrieved 27 July 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Natalie McGarry
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow East

2017–present
Incumbent