Lynda Clark, Baroness Clark of Calton
Lynda Margaret Clark, Baroness Clark of Calton PC, known as Lady Clark of Calton, (born 26 February 1949) is a Scottish judge. She was formerly the Labour Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Pentlands. She was Advocate General for Scotland from the creation of that position in 1999 until 2006, whereupon she became a Judge of the Court of Session in Scotland.
The Baroness Clark of Calton
|Senator of the College of Justice|
|Preceded by||Lady Cosgrove|
|Advocate General for Scotland|
19 May 1999 – 18 January 2006
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Davidson of Glen Clova|
|Member of the House of Lords |
|Assumed office |
21 June 2005
|Member of Parliament |
for Edinburgh Pentlands
1 May 1997 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Malcolm Rifkind|
|Succeeded by||constituency abolished|
Lynda Margaret Clark
26 February 1949
|Alma mater||Queens College, St Andrews,|
University of Edinburgh
Clark read Law at Queens College, St Andrews during its transition to independence as the University of Dundee School of Law, graduating in 1970 with a LLB (Hons) from St Andrews, and subsequently gained a PhD in Criminology and Penology from the University of Edinburgh in 1975. She was a lecturer in Jurisprudence from 1973 at the University of Dundee until she was called to the Scottish Bar in 1977. She took silk in 1989, and was subsequently called to the English Bar in 1990 as a member of the Inner Temple.
Clark first stood for election to Parliament at the 1992 general election, where she unsuccessfully contested the North East Fife seat held by Menzies Campbell of the Liberal Democrats. At the 1997 general election, she was elected to the House of Commons for the Edinburgh Pentlands constituency, unseating the Conservative Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Malcolm Rifkind. Rifkind was one of the high-profile losses on election night for the Conservative Party, who experienced their worst defeat since the 1906 general election and lost all their seats in both Scotland and Wales.
On 18 January 2006, Lady Clark of Calton resigned as Advocate General, pending an expected judicial appointment. She was replaced as Advocate General by Neil Davidson, QC (now Lord Davidson of Glen Clova).
On 21 June 2012, Lady Clark succeeded Lord Drummond Young as Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission. Lady Clark demitted office on 31 December 2013 in order to sit in the Inner House of the Court of Session, and was succeeded as Chairman by Lord Pentland.
As of 2016, Lady Clark of Calton is the most recent Senator of the College of Justice to have served in the House of Commons.
She retired from the bench in 2019.
- "The Right Hon the Lady Clark of Calton (Lynda Clark)". Judiciary of Scotland. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
- "Labour MP who quit Commons last year among four new judges". The Scotsman. 20 January 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
- The Edinburgh Gazette, Issue no.: 25861, Notice ID: E-25861-1108/262, 24 June 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2016
- The Edinburgh Gazette, Issue no.: 26014, Notice ID: E-26014-1114/288, 24 March 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2016
- "Court shorts". The Scotsman. 14 February 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
- "Lady Clark Appointed Chairman of Scottish Law Commission". Scottish Law Commission. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "Scottish Law Commission Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Scottish Law Commission. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
- "Pioneering lawyer Lady Clark of Calton retires". Scottish Legal News. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
- Boyle, Alan E.; Himsworth, Chris; Loux, Andrea; MacQueen, Hector (2002). in A.Boyle, C.Himsworth, A.Loux & H. MacQueen (eds) (2002). ISBN 9781841130446. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- TheyWorkForYou.com – Baroness Clark of Calton
- The Public Whip – Voting Record – Lynda Clark MP/Baroness Clark of Calton
- BBC News – Lynda Clark profile – October 2002
- Guardian – Ask Aristotle – Dr Lynda Clark
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Pentlands
1997 – 2005
|Office Created|| Advocate General for Scotland