Graduate Appointed Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party

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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) graduate Meghan Gallacher MSP has been appointed as the Scottish Conservative Party’s new Deputy Leader.

Meghan, who graduated from the University’s Lanarkshire Campus with a BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology degree, said: “I’m honoured to be asked to be Deputy Leader and I can’t wait to get started.

 “We are determined to win back the trust of every Scottish Conservative voter who backed the party in last year’s election.”

Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “Meghan has a bright future in our party. She is an outstanding local representative for her constituents and I am sure she will prove to be just as effective in this new position.”

Following graduation in 2014, Megan began working in the Scottish Parliament for a Regional MSP as a Researcher, in 2017 she became a ward Councillor for Motherwell West and in May 2021 was elected for Central Scotland as a Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP and appointed Shadow Minister for Children and Young People.

In a recent interview with Holyrood, Meghan describes how working on her dissertation at UWS led to her joining the Conservative party.

“I did my dissertation in my final year of uni on the decline of the Conservative Party from Margaret Thatcher to the present day and the impact [then Scottish Tory leader] Ruth Davidson was having on the Scottish Conservatives.

 “My gran and I always discussed politics. She was a member of the Conservative Party and stood for some elections when the Conservatives were really unpopular in North Lanarkshire. I had to gather evidence to support my argument and my gran said come along to an association meeting – she convinced me eventually.

“They were discussing various bits and bobs and after I’d gone along a few times I realised that I am a Conservative. I realised that my views aligned and I joined the party shortly afterwards.”

Read the full interview with Meghan here:,granny-knows-best-an-interview-with-meghan-gallacher

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  1. James Roberts says:

    Well this is embarrassing.

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