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Kirsten Oswald

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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
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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.


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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.


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