Margaret Mitchell (Scottish politician)

Janet Margaret Mitchell (born 15 November 1952) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician. She was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Central Scotland region from 2003 to 2021.

Margaret Mitchell
Mitchell in 2013
Convener of the Justice Committee
In office
12 May 2016 – 25 March 2021
Preceded byChristine Grahame
Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Justice
In office
6 September 2013 – 19 May 2016
LeaderRuth Davidson
Preceded byDavid McLetchie
Succeeded byDouglas Ross
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Central Scotland
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
In office
1 May 2003 – 25 March 2021
Personal details
Janet Margaret Fleming

(1952-11-15) 15 November 1952 (age 68)
Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Political partyScottish Conservatives
Spouse(s)Henry T. Mitchell
Alma materHamilton Teacher Training College
Open University
University of Strathclyde
WebsiteOfficial website

Early lifeEdit

Mitchell was born in Coatbridge and attended Coatbridge High School and Hamilton Teacher Training College.[1] From 1974 to 1990, she worked as a primary school teacher in Airdrie and Bothwell, before studying at the School of Law of the University of Strathclyde, where she graduated with an LL.B. in 1992 and Diploma in Legal Practice in 1993. From 1993 to 1997, she was a non-executive director of Stonehouse and Hairmyres NHS Trust. She has been a Justice of the Peace (magistrate) in South Lanarkshire since 1990.[1]

Political careerEdit

From 1988 to 1996, she was a member and Conservative Group Leader of Hamilton District Council, and from 1999–2002 was a special advisor to Scottish Conservative Party Leader David McLetchie MSP and James Douglas-Hamilton MSP.[1]

In the Scottish election on 3 May 2007, she failed in her bid to win the Hamilton South constituency, being defeated by Labour's Tom McCabe. However, she was elected as a regional member for the Central Scotland region. She was appointed deputy Scottish Conservative Spokeswoman on Justice, until 2007 when she became Convenor of the Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee,[1] a role which she held until 2011 after which Mitchell was appointed as the Scottish Conservative Local Government Spokesperson.

In September 2013, Mitchell was re-appointed as the Scottish Conservative Justice Spokesperson[2] and sits on the parliament’s Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing. Mitchell is also a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Scotland Branch Executive Committee. She also opposed the Act of parliament that legalised same-sex marriage.

In June 2016, Mitchell voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography of Margaret Mitchell MSP". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 6 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Anti-EU Campaign Boosted In Scotland As New Tory MSPs Give Their Backing". Retrieved 5 February 2018.

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