Christine Jardine

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Christine Jardine

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Jardine in 2019
Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesman
Assumed office
31 August 2020
LeaderSir Ed Davey
Preceded bySir Ed Davey
Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Europe and Exiting the European Union
Assumed office
1 September 2020
LeaderSir Ed Davey
Preceded byAlistair Carmichael (Brexit)
Catherine Bearder (Europe)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for International Trade
Assumed office
1 September 2020
LeaderSir Ed Davey
Preceded bySarah Olney
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson
for Home Affairs
In office
21 August 2019 – 31 August 2020
LeaderJo Swinson
Sir Ed Davey
Serving with Sal Brinton (2019–2020)
and Mark Pack (2020)
Preceded bySir Ed Davey
Succeeded byAlistair Carmichael
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Justice
In office
21 August 2019 – 21 October 2019
LeaderJo Swinson
Preceded byWera Hobhouse
Succeeded byPhillip Lee
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Women and Equalities
In office
21 August 2019 – 31 August 2020
LeaderJo Swinson
Sir Ed Davey
Serving with Sal Brinton (2019–2020)
and Mark Pack (2020)
Preceded byThe Baroness Burt
Succeeded byWera Hobhouse
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Work and Pensions
In office
7 February 2019 – 21 August 2019
LeaderSir Vince Cable
Jo Swinson
Preceded byStephen Lloyd
Succeeded byTim Farron
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Scotland
In office
12 October 2017 – 7 February 2019
LeaderSir Vince Cable
Preceded byJamie Stone
Succeeded byJamie Stone
Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh West
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byMichelle Thomson
Majority3,769 (6.9%)
Personal details
Christine Anne Jardine

(1960-11-24) 24 November 1960 (age 59)[1]
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyLiberal Democrats
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow

Christine Anne Jardine[2] (born 24 November 1960) is a Scottish Liberal Democrat politician serving as the Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesman under Sir Ed Davey since 2020. She is also the Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Europe, Exiting the European Union and Trade, and was the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson and the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Women and Equalities from 2019 to 2020.[3] She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP)[4] for Edinburgh West in 2017.

Education and career[edit]

Jardine was educated at Braidfield High School[5] and the University of Glasgow, where she graduated with a MA (Hons).[6]

She is a former journalist, who worked for BBC Scotland and was editor of the Press Association in Scotland. She also taught journalism at the University of Strathclyde, Robert Gordon University and the University of the West of Scotland.[7]

In 2011 she was appointed Scotland media adviser to the Coalition Government, working under Nick Clegg.[8] In 2013, she came third in the Aberdeen Donside by-election, and in 2015 lost to Alex Salmond in the election for the constituency of Gordon.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Christine was married for 30 years to Calum Macdonald, the Digital Editor for the Herald and Times Group. He died of a heart attack aged 55 during the 2017 General Election campaign. They have one daughter.[10][11]

She was promoted to trade, treasury and Brexit spokeswoman in September 2020.

Political career[edit]

Jardine was elected for the Edinburgh West constituency in the 2017 general election, succeeding independent MP Michelle Thomson who had been elected as a member of the SNP. Jardine received 18,108 votes and 34.4% of the overall vote.[12]

She has served as the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Home Affairs and Women and Equalities since August 2019. She was also the Justice Spokesperson from August 2019 to October 2019.[13] and sits on the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster.[14]

Jardine retained her seat at the 2019 general election and increased her majority from 2,988 (5.7%) to 3,769 (6.9%). [15]


  1. ^ "Members' Names Data Platform query". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Christine Jardine MP". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  3. ^ Tomos Utting (9 June 2017). "Christine Jardine wins Edinburgh West". Edinburgh Lib Dems. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Christine Jardine MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Jardine, Christine". Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  6. ^ "Notable alumni". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  7. ^ "LinkedIn Profile – Christine Anne Jardine". LinkedIn. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  8. ^ Ian Swanson (22 April 2017). "Christine Jardine favourite to fight for Edinburgh West seat". The Scotsman. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  9. ^ Stephen, Phyllis (1 June 2017). "#GE2017 Christine Jardine Liberal Democrat candidate for Edinburgh West". The Edinburgh Reporter. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Obituary – Calum Macdonald, journalist and crosswords editor who spent 25 years at The Herald". The Herald. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  11. ^ Jardine, Christine (13 May 2019). "We all deserve the same quality of mental health care as my late husband – Christine Jardine". Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  12. ^ "General Election Results 2017 – Seat: Edinburgh West". The Scotsman. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  13. ^ Phyllis Stephen (12 October 2017). "Jardine now LibDem Scottish Affairs spokesman". The Edinburgh Reporter. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Membership – Scottish Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Edinburgh West parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". Retrieved 13 December 2019.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michelle Thomson
Member of the Parliament for Edinburgh West