Sandra White

Sandra White
Deputy Convener of the
Scottish Parliament
Public Petitions Committee
Assumed office
14 June 2011
Preceded by John Farquhar Munro
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Kelvin
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Preceded by Pauline McNeill
Majority 882
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
In office
6 May 1999  5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1951-08-17) 17 August 1951
Glasgow, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party

Sandra White (born 17 August 1951) is a Scottish politician, the Scottish National Party MSP for the Glasgow Kelvin constituency. She was previously a list MSP for the Glasgow electoral region since 1999.

Political career

White served as an SNP councillor in Renfrewshire. She contested Glasgow Kelvin in 1999, where she came second to the Labour Party candidate by 4,408 votes, but was elected to the Scottish Parliament on the Glasgow regional list. She was re-elected in 2003, topping the SNP's list of candidates for that region. Contesting Glasgow Kelvin that year she again came second to Labour, this time by the smaller margin of 3,289 votes.[1]

White was re-elected on the regional list in 2007. In the 2011 election, she again contested the Glasgow Kelvin seat, this time defeating the sitting Labour MSP Pauline McNeill by 882 votes. White served as an SNP Parliamentary group whip in the first parliamentary session and sat on the parliament's Public Petitions Committee and Equal Opportunities Committee.[2][3][4]

White holds her party's Deputy Social Justice portfolio. Her campaigns include against closures and downgrading (including a 1,600 signature petition) at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill and the Queen Mother's Hospital.[2][3][4] She has also campaigned against racism[5] and for improved treatment of asylum seekers, including joining an occupation against 'dawn raids'.[6]

Her other campaigns have included the successful attempts to save the 7:84 theatre group from threatened loss of funding by the Scottish Arts Council [7] and involvement in Stop the War Coalition events,[8] while high-profile constituency work has included the August 2006 case of an 86-year-old widow who was threatened with court by Glasgow Housing Association.[9]

In November 2015 White re-tweeted an anti-semitic cartoon showing piglets suckling a large pig with the word “Rothschild” written on it and showing a bank with a Star of David.[10] The tweet had originally been sent by a Twitter user who had repeatedly posted antisemitic messages and images.[10] After The Jewish Chronicle brought the tweet to the attention of the SNP, the party's spokesperson said the tweet had been re-tweeted in error, and had since been deleted.[10] In December 2015 it was reported that White had received a police warning following an investigation.[11]


  1. "". Archived from the original on 25 September 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  2. 1 2 "Health chiefs to come under fire over plans for hospital closure". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 20 January 2004. Archived from the original on 19 May 2005. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  3. 1 2 "Board expected to close maternity hospital". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 20 April 2004. Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  4. 1 2 "Baby hospital closure confirmed". BBC. 20 April 2004. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  5. "Westminster 'hampers' racism plan". BBC. 10 February 2005. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  6. "Protesters in 'asylum raid' demo". BBC. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  7. "7:84 group fears 'elitist' arts council will cut cash". Sunday Herald. 2 September 2006. Archived from the original on 22 March 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  8. "Scots protests at Israeli action". BBC. 22 July 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  9. "MSP seeks law change after OAP's 'nonsense' court case". Evening Times. 2 September 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2006.
  10. 1 2 3 Dysch, Marcus (9 November 2015). "SNP politician apologises for 'offence caused' by antisemitic tweet". The Jewish Chronicle. London. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  11. Rose, Gareth; Grant, Graham (11 December 2015). "'Nazi' tweet MSP warned by police". Scottish Daily Mail. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
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