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Dr Mary MacAndrews
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Name: Mary MacAndrews
Age: 56 (b. 12/03/1936)
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: White Scottish
Sexuality: Heterosexual
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Education: BA History, Edinburgh University; MA History, Royal Holloway, University of London; PhD, Edinburgh University
Career: Academic and Trade Unionist

Party: Labour and Co-Operative
Constituency: Edinburgh Central
Faction: Labour First
Parliamentary Career: MP for Edinburgh Central (1987-Present); Shadow Education Minister and Opposition Scotland Spokesperson (1988-1990); Member, Scottish Affairs Select Committee (1990-1992)

Bio: Born to Dr Alasdair Burton and Mrs Judith Burton (nee Drayden) on the 12th March 1936, Mary was their fourth child and only daughter, and was born ten years after her nearest sibling. Born to prominent Edinburgh intellectuals with her parents being Liberal Party members but later moving to the Labour party during the 1920s with the decline of the Liberal Party. Her father was a Professor of History at Edinburgh University, her mother was a novelist, and both became increasingly active politically and within Labour Party politics where her father served on Edinburgh City Council and her mother rose within their Constituency Party where she served as Secretary of the Edinburgh Labour Party for many years. As intellectual socialists Mary grew up surrounded by figures from politics, literature, the arts, and many others.

As a young girl she was sent to St George’s School for Girls. With such a large age gap between Mary and her brothers (10, 13 and 16 years) and with her parents at a later stage of life the young girl was expected to succeed and her parents pushed her to do so. She was expected to have a mind of her own and her parents consistently pushed her to succeed. Following her familial footsteps she was accepted to study History at Edinburgh University, it was during these years at University that her political identity truly developed. She became active within the Edinburgh University Labour Club, and was the first woman to be elected as the club’s Chair in 1956. During her time at Edinburgh she met a young man later to be her husband, Francis MacAndrews, but they would not reconnect until a few years later. While completing her PhD, she reconnected with Francis MacAndrews who was working for the Scotland Office in Edinburgh. They married in 1960.

After completing her PhD she was offered a position at Edinburgh University in the History Department. She remained in Academia until her election to Parliament in 1987. During those twenty seven years she remained very active within the Labour party and contested several seats, as well as being elected to Edinburgh City Council. She also became an active member of the Association of University Teachers where she served as its Scottish Convenor and on the national executive. In 1985, she was approached by her certain people within her local Constituency party encouraging her to go for selection of the Edinburgh Central seat. The previous candidate in the 1983 election had performed poorly losing the seat to the Conservatives. It was an ideal seat for her, local and where she grew up, essential to an ascending Labour party, marginal enough for a good fight and had been Labour since 1945 bar one slip up. She quickly found herself supported by an overwhelming majority of the local party beating her nearest selection opponent, Alistair Darling.

With tenure at the University she stepped back from teaching as much and threw herself into campaigning in the seat full time. In 1987, she won the seat back from the Conservatives. She quickly proved herself in Parliament and was promoted to a junior shadow ministerial role in the Education team and a spokesperson on Scotland. During the leadership election she was a vocal opponent of James McCrimmon and when he won she did not seek a position in his shadow cabinet, nor was one offered to her. She returned to the backbenches and the Scottish Affairs select committee. In 1992 she was returned to Parliament with a healthy majority but still in opposition, and it has been reported that when Sir James McCrimmon resigned the leadership she laughed with glee.
Dr Mary MacAndrews
Edinburgh Central (1987-Present)
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
Chair of Scottish Labour
Labour and Co-operative

Formerly: Alun David Williams (Con-Monmouth)
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