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Frances Curran (born 21 May 1961) is a former co-chair of the Scottish Socialist Party and a former Member of the Scottish Parliament for the West of Scotland region during 2003–2007.[1]

Frances Curran
Frances Curran.jpg
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for West of Scotland
In office
1 May 2003 – 2 April 2007
Personal details
Born (1961-05-21) 21 May 1961 (age 58)
Glasgow
Political partyScottish Socialist Party
Spouse(s)none
Children1 son
ResidencePartick

Political careerEdit

A former member of the Labour Party and an organiser for the entryist Militant group,[2] Curran became a high-profile figure in Scottish left politics on her election to the Scottish Parliament as a Scottish Socialist Party MSP in 2003. She had joined the SSP on its formation in 1998, and brought political experience she had gained while she served as the youth representative on Labour's National Executive Committee.

In July 2005, Curran played a role in organising the protest outside Gleneagles at the 2005 G8 Summit.[3] The previous week, she and other SSP MSPs took part in a protest within the Scottish Parliament, which led to them being suspended for the month of September and fined £30,000.[4] This protest was due to their claim that the First Minister had gone back on his word that the parliament would support the rally outside the Perthshire hotel.

Curran was the public face of the SSP's campaign for the provision of nutritious free school meals, which they said would tackle ill health and poor diet in Scottish schoolchildren. Her campaign drew a wide base of support from a number of children's and health charities. As part of the Save Our Services campaign, she was involved in community occupations to stop the closure of a school and community centre. In 2007, she was arrested but not charged at an anti-nuclear protest at Faslane as part of the Faslane 365 campaign.[5]

She was an unsuccessful candidate in the July 2008 Glasgow East by-election.[6] During the campaign, she was informed that the police had received death threats against her.[7]

She stood again as a candidate on the Glasgow regional list for the Holyrood election in 2011, but failed to be elected. She had stepped down as the party's national co-spokesperson less than a month before the election.

Curran was elected to the SSP's Executive Committee in 2012 but stood down again in 2013, keeping a low profile throughout the party's referendum campaign. She was elected as party co-chair alongside Bill Bonnar at the 2014 conference,[8] but withdrew her nomination for the position on the day of the 2015 conference seven months later. She was re-elected to the SSP executive at its 2016 conference.

At the 2018 conference she stood for national spokesperson, but lost narrowly to Róisín McLaren. She remains an ordinary member of the executive committee.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Meet the candidates". The Herald. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ Roz Paterson "Scotland’s brave new world", Red Pepper, [May 2004]
  3. ^ "Protest peace pledge". Evening Telegraph. 5 July 2005. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Banned Socialists protest at Holyrood". The Herald. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  5. ^ "McConnell attacks Faslane demo". The Herald. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Glasgow East by-election: Labour demands recount as SNP claims victory". Daily Telegraph. 25 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Glasgow East: Curran warned of death threat". The Scotsman. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  8. ^ Nichols, Dick (29 October 2014). "Spirited Scottish Socialist Party conference tackles post-referendum challenges". Retrieved 17 November 2014.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Steve Morgan
Youth representative on the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party
1984–1986
Succeeded by
Linda Douglas