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Christine Jardine

Christine Jardine

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Jardine in 2019
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs

21 August 2019
LeaderJo Swinson
Sir Ed Davey & Brinton/Pack
Sir Ed Davey
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Women and Equalities

21 August 2019
LeaderJo Swinson
Sir Ed Davey & Brinton/Pack
The Baroness Burt
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Justice

21 August 2019 - 21 October 2019
LeaderJo Swinson
The Lord Marks
Phillip Lee
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Work and Pensions

7 February 2019 - 21 August 2019
LeaderSir Vince Cable
Jo Swinson
Stephen Lloyd
Tim Farron
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Scotland

12 October 2017 - 7 February 2019
LeaderSir Vince Cable
Jamie Stone
Jamie Stone
Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh West

8 June 2017
Michelle Thomson
Majority3,769 (6.9%)
Personal details
Christine Anne Jardine

(1960-11-24) 24 November 1960 (age 59)[1]
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow

Christine Anne Jardine[2] (born 24 November 1960) is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician serving as Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson since 2019.[3] She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP)[4] for Edinburgh West in 2017.

Education and career

Jardine was educated at Braidfield High School[5] and the University of Glasgow, where she graduated with a MA (Hons).[6]

She is a former journalist, who worked for BBC Scotland and was editor of the Press Association in Scotland. She also taught journalism at the University of Strathclyde, Robert Gordon University and the University of the West of Scotland.[7]

In 2011 she was appointed Scotland media adviser to the Coalition Government, working under Nick Clegg.[8] In 2013, she came third in the Aberdeen Donside by-election, and in 2015 lost to Alex Salmond in the election for the constituency of Gordon.[]

During her career she has worked in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow.

Personal life

Christine was married for 30 years to Calum Macdonald, the Digital Editor for the Herald and Times Group. He died of a heart attack aged 55 during the 2017 General Election campaign. They have one daughter.[9]

Political career

Jardine was elected for the Edinburgh West constituency in the 2017 general election, succeeding independent MP Michelle Thomson who had been elected as a member of the SNP. Jardine received 18,108 votes and 34.4% of the overall vote.[10]

She is the Liberal Democrats Spokesperson on Home Affairs, Justice and Women and Equalities.[11] and sits on the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster.[12] She also speaks on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Commons.

Jardine retained her seat at the 2019 general election and increased her majority from 2,988 (5.7%) to 3,769 (6.9%). [13]


After the 2017 election, questions were raised about the allocation of some spending to the Liberals' national campaign, in view of the cap on spending by the local campaign. No official complaint was made, and a party spokesman said that all spending had been correctly apportioned.[14]


  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Christine Jardine MP". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Tomos Utting (9 June 2017). "Christine Jardine wins Edinburgh West". Edinburgh Lib Dems. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Christine Jardine MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Jardine, Christine". Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 2018.(subscription or UK public library membership required)
  6. ^ "Notable alumni". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "LinkedIn Profile - Christine Anne Jardine". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Ian Swanson (22 April 2017). "Christine Jardine favourite to fight for Edinburgh West seat". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Obituary - Calum Macdonald, journalist and crosswords editor who spent 25 years at The Herald". The Herald. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 2017.
    Jardine, Christine (13 May 2019). "We all deserve the same quality of mental health care as my late husband - Christine Jardine". Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "General Election Results 2017 - Seat: Edinburgh West". The Scotsman. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Phyllis Stephen (12 October 2017). "Jardine now LibDem Scottish Affairs spokesman". The Edinburgh Reporter. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Membership - Scottish Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Edinburgh West parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ Gordon, Tom (18 August 2017). "Second LibDem MP in row over 'vanishing' election expenses". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 2019.

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