Gillian Martin

Gillian Martin
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Aberdeenshire East
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded by Alex Salmond
Majority 5,837
Personal details
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater University of Glasgow

Gillian Anne Martin is a Scottish politician. She is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Aberdeenshire East constituency. She is a college lecturer.

Early life

Martin grew up in Newburgh.[1] She was educated at Ellon Academy.[2] Her parents were politically active.[3]


She has worked as a lecturer for 15 years in TV production.[4] She is a lecturer at North East Scotland College.[2]

Political activist

Martin became politically active during the Scottish independence referendum.[5] She helped found Women for Independence (WFI).[6] She is on the WFI executive, as the member for North East.[2]

She joined the SNP on 19 September 2014, on the morning after Scottish independence referendum.[4] She was emerged as a candidate for the Aberdeenshire East constituency of the Scottish Parliament in July 2015.[2] and was selected by local party members the following month.[7] She was elected to serve as MSP in the Scottish Parliament election, 2016.[8]

Personal life

Martin is married to a teacher and has two children.[4]


  1. "Race to succeed Salmond". Inverurie Herald. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Ross, Calum (3 July 2015). "New candidate nominated in race to succeed Alex Salmond". Press and Journal. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  3. "#16for16: Gillian Martin". Weber Shandwick. 23 March 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 Nutt, Kathleen (30 April 2016). "Gillian Martin: The referendum made me realise that my actions had to follow my words". The National. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  5. Brooks, Libby (2 May 2016). "Scottish elections: new faces of Holyrood 2016". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  6. Brown, Jonathan (16 September 2014). "Scottish independence: Even in Better Together heartland Aberdeen, the Yes campaign fights on". The Independent. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  7. "SNP choose candidate for Shire East seat". Inverurie Herald. 22 August 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  8. Aberdeenshire East – BBC News
Parliament of Scotland
Preceded by
Alex Salmond
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Aberdeenshire East

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