Annabelle Ewing

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Annabelle Ewing
Colour photograph of Annabelle Ewing
Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs
In office
18 May 2016 – 26 June 2018
Minister for Youth and Women's Employment
In office
21 November 2014 – 18 May 2016
Preceded by Angela Constance (as Minister for Youth Employment until 22 April 2014)
Succeeded by Jamie Hepburn (as Minister for Employability and Training)
Deputy Convener of the
Scottish Parliament
Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
In office
15 June 2011 – 21 November 2014
Preceded by John Scott (as Deputy Convener of the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Cowdenbeath
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded by Alex Rowley
Majority 3,041
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Mid Scotland and Fife
In office
5 May 2011 – 23 March 2016
Member of Parliament
for Perth
In office
7 June 2001 – 11 April 2005
Preceded by Roseanna Cunningham
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1960-08-20) 20 August 1960 (age 58)
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Parents Winnie Ewing
Stewart Ewing
Relatives Fergus Ewing (brother)
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Profession Solicitor
Website Official website

Annabelle Janet Ewing[1] (born 20 August 1960) is a Scottish politician, lawyer and former Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs in the Scottish Government. She is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Cowdenbeath constituency. She was formerly the Minister for Youth and Women's Employment 2014−16. She is a former Member of Parliament for Perth 2001−05 and served as Member of the Scottish Parliament for Mid Scotland and Fife between 2011 and 2016.


Ewing attended Craigholme School for Girls in Glasgow and the University of Glasgow, where she graduated with a law degree.

Before becoming an MP, Ewing was a European Community competition lawyer in Brussels and ran a small legal practice.

She lives in Perthshire. Her mother is former SNP President, Winnie Ewing, who in the past was a member of three different parliaments — Westminster, the Scottish Parliament and the European Parliament. She is sister to MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) Fergus Ewing, and sister-in-law to the late Margaret Ewing, who was also an MSP and a former Westminster MP.

Ewing is a member of both Shelter and Amnesty International. She has been involved in a number of Parliamentary campaigns, including fighting for the rights of Hepatitis C sufferers, and working to gain a public enquiry into the events at Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut, where James Collinson, a constituent, died on 23 March 2002.


Ewing was first selected as a SNP candidate for the UK Parliament to contest a by-election for Hamilton South in 1999, the constituency where her mother had won a famous by-election victory in 1967.[2] Labour had a comfortable majority at the 1997 election and despite a swing of 16% to the SNP in 1999, Labour's Bill Tynan won the contest.[3]

In 2001, Ewing stood for the UK Parliament again, this time in Perth, where Roseanna Cunningham had been the MP. Ewing was elected, defeating the Conservative candidate by just 48 votes,[4][5] giving her the slimmest majority in Scotland. In the 2005 election, following a radical boundary revision, she contested the new constituency of Ochil and South Perthshire, but lost it to the Labour party candidate, Gordon Banks.

She sought to become SNP candidate for Moray in the 27 April 2006 Scottish Parliament by-election to succeed her late sister-in-law, Margaret Ewing, but was defeated by North East Scotland MSP Richard Lochhead[6] who went on to win the seat in the by-election.

She was later selected to contest the Falkirk East seat in the 2007 election on behalf of the SNP as a replacement for the previously selected candidate, the late Douglas Henderson. On 3 May 2007 she achieved a 9% swing from Labour to the SNP in Falkirk East, however this was not enough to displace the incumbent Cathy Peattie.

She contested Ochil and South Perthshire for a second time at the 2010 election, failing again to take it from Gordon Banks, this time on an increased (4%) swing away from the SNP to Labour. At the 2011 election Ewing was elected to the Scottish Parliament as an additional member for the Mid Scotland and Fife region.

She is famed due to an incident that occurred on 16 December 2004, whereby the Deputy Speaker removed her from the House as she refused to apologise for calling the then Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon a "back-stabbing coward"[7] during exchanges over Geoff Hoon's plans to merge Scottish Regiments, including the Black Watch.[8]

She was promoted to the Scottish Government on 21 November 2014 in Nicola Sturgeon's first reshuffle. She became Minister for Youth and Women's Employment, transferring to the Community Safety and Legal Affairs portfolio in 2016. She left the government in June 2018.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Ewing, Annabelle Janet, (born 20 Aug. 1960), solicitor; Member (SNP) Cowdenbeath, Scottish Parliament, since 2016 (Scotland Mid and Fife, 2011–16); Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, since 2016", Who's Who, Oxford University Press, 2007-12-01, doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U42274, retrieved 2018-07-12
  2. ^ "Ewing to stand in by-election". BBC News. 30 August 1999.
  3. ^ "Labour scrapes home". BBC News. 24 September 1999.
  4. ^ "Vote 2001: Results & Constituencies. Perth". BBC News. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Annabelle Ewing". BBC News. 10 February 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Salmond closer to Holyrood return". BBC News. 2006-01-04. Retrieved 2006-03-22.
  7. ^ "Commons Debate: Future Infantry Structure". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 16 December 2004.
  8. ^ "MP thrown out of House of Commons". BBC News. 16 December 2004.

External links

  • biography pages at Scottish Parliament website
  • profile at Scottish government website
  • Official website
  • Guardian
  • They Work For You
  • The Public Whip
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Roseanna Cunningham
Member of Parliament for Perth
Constituency abolished
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