|Preceded by Jim Murphy|
Website Campaign website
Education University of Glasgow
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Parents Helen Oswald
|Spouse(s) Davinder Bedi|
Role Scottish Politician
Majority 3,718 (6.6%)
Name Kirsten Oswald
Party Scottish National Party
|Full Name Kirsten Frances Oswald|
Born 21 December 1972 (age 50) Dundee, Scotland (1972-12-21)
Political party Scottish National Party
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Kirsten Frances Oswald (born 21 December 1972) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician. She was elected the Member of Parliament MP for East Renfrewshire since May 2015 and lost her bid for re-election in the United Kingdom general election, 2017.
- Kirsten oswald snp east renfrewshire maiden speech
- Kirsten oswald 210315
- 2015 Westminster election
- 2017 Westminster election
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Kirsten Oswald was born in Dundee and grew up in Carnoustie where she attended Carnoustie High School. She attended Glasgow University where she studied History. She moved to East Renfrewshire with her husband and two sons in 2008. Her mother was Helen Oswald, Provost of Angus Council.
Oswald was head of Human Resources at South Lanarkshire College for 12 years. She became active in the Scottish National Party during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, serving on the committee of her local Women for Independence group where she was responsible for local food bank collections.
2015 Westminster election
On 30 January 2015, it was announced that Oswald would stand as the SNP candidate for the Westminster constituency of East Renfrewshire in the 2015 May election. During her campaign, she was criticised for sending letters to Conservative voters asking for their support to beat Labour. Oswald stated that her letters served to contrast voter values with negative campaign tactics from the Conservatives that focused on keeping the SNP out of power.
She won the vote with a majority of 3,718, taking the seat from Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy.
2017 Westminster election
In the election held in June 2017, Oswald lost her seat to Conservative candidate Paul Masterton, who won with a majority of 4,712.