Margaret Mitchell MSP was educated at Coatbridge High and taught for many years in primary and special education in Lanarkshire before leaving the teaching profession to study law. Margaret later graduated from Strathclyde University with an LLB and Diploma in Law and Legal Practice.
Margaret is a former Justice of the Peace and also a former Non-Executive Director of Hairmyres and Stonehouse NHS Trust. Margaret has been a councillor and was special adviser to David McLetchie MSP and James Douglas-Hamilton MSP prior to being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2003 as a member for Central Scotland.
Until 2007 Margaret was the Conservative Party’s Justice Spokesperson and then from 2007 to 2011 was convener of the parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee. Currently Margaret is the party’s Local Government Spokesperson and sits on the parliament’s Local Government Committee.
Margaret is involved with many different cross-party groups (CPGs) and is currently convener of the CPGs on: Dyslexia; Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual and The Caribbean. Furthermore Margaret is also co-convener of the CPG on Taiwan as well as being involved with the groups on Tibet and Recreational Boating and Marine Tourism.
In addition, Margaret is a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Scotland Branch Executive Committee.