Chris Ballance

Chris Ballance (born 7 July 1952) is a playwright and Scottish Green politician. He was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the South of Scotland region from 2003 to 2007.

Chris Ballance
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
In office
1 May 2003  2 April 2007
Personal details
Born (1952-07-07) 7 July 1952 (age 69)
Political partyScottish Greens


Born in Worcester, England, he owned and managed a second-hand bookshop in Wigtown, won a Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1990,[1][2] and wrote sketches for Radio Scotland.

Political career

He was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2003. He held a seat on the Parliament's Enterprise and Culture Committee and was the Green's Parliamentary business manager and speaker on nuclear issues, culture and peace.[3] He stood again in the 2007 election but was not re-elected.

In August 2007 he was appointed to the Scottish Broadcasting Commission established by the Scottish Executive.[4]

Ballance stood as a Green candidate in the Aird and Loch Ness ward for the 2017 Highland Council election.[5]

Personal life

He is a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers).


  • Water of Life (1989)
  • Bread and Water (1997)
  • Hope Deferred (1997)
  • Viva La Diva (2001)[6]
  • It's My Party (2007)[7]


  1. "Holyrood drama takes to the stage". BBC News. 16 February 2007.
  2. The Scotsman guide to Scottish politics by Matthew Spicer page 87 (2004 - ISBN 0748619240)
  3. "Previous MSPs: Session 2 (2003-2007): Chris Ballance". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  4. "Broadcasting commission members". BBC News. 13 August 2007.
  5. "Chris Ballance". Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  6. "Singing sensation Florence Foster Jenkins". CBC. 8 August 2008. Archived from the original on 18 February 2021. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  7. "MSP's play on 'ruthless' quest for political power to tour". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2015.