Alison Johnstone

Alison Johnstone (born 11 October 1965) is a Scottish Green Party politician, who has served as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Lothian region since 2011.[2] She also served as a councillor for the Meadows/Morningside ward for The City of Edinburgh Council from 2007 until May 2012.

Alison Johnstone

Johnstone in 2010
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Lothian
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
6 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1965-10-11) 11 October 1965 (age 54) [1]
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyScottish Green Party
Children1 daughter

Early life

Johnstone was born and raised in Edinburgh, where she attended St. Augustine's High School.


From 1999, Johnstone worked as an assistant to Robin Harper, a position she held until he stood down and she was elected in May 2011 to the Scottish Parliament.

She was also joint convenor of the Scottish Green Party from 2007 to 2008.[3]

In 2020, she introduced a measure to grant protected species status to the mountain hare in Scotland, which was accepted on 17 June 2020.[4]

Personal life

She has a husband and daughter.[5][6]

Since 3 March 2019, she has been the Co-Leader of the Scottish Greens in the Scottish Parliament, serving with Partick Harvie.[7]


  1. Chris Marshall and Carla Gray (7 May 2011). "Scottish Parliament election: Profiles of the candidates elected to serve in Edinburgh". Edinburgh Evening News. Archived from the original on 9 May 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  2. Lindsey Johnstone (6 May 2011). "Scotland fails to go Green - Herald Scotland | News | Election 2011". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  3. "New co-leader for Scottish Greens". BBC News. BBC. 24 September 2007.
  4. "Wildlife Scotland to ban mass culling of mountain hares". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  5. Edinburgh Greens. "Alison Johnstone". Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  6. "Ten Questions: Alison Johnstone". Edinburgh Evening News. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  7. "Scottish Greens appoint Alison Johnstone as new co-leader". BBC News. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.