Lisa Cameron


Lisa Cameron (born 8 April 1972)[1] is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician and consultant clinical psychologist. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow since winning the seat at the 2015 general election. She was re-elected at the 2017 and 2019 general elections.

Lisa Cameron

Cameron in 2020
Member of Parliament
for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byMichael McCann
Majority13,322 (23.7%)
Personal details
Born (1972-04-08) 8 April 1972 (age 49)
Political partyScottish National Party
Spouse(s)
Mark Horsham
(m. 2009)
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde
University of Stirling
University of Glasgow
Websitewww.lisacameronmp.scot

Cameron was born in Glasgow, and grew up in East Kilbride. She obtained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde, an MSc in Psychology and Health from the University of Stirling and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow. Before entering politics, Cameron worked as a clinical psychologist.

Early life and career


Lisa Cameron was born on 8 April 1972 to Campbell McCulloch and Sandra Cameron in Glasgow, Scotland[1][2][3] and grew up in Westwood, East Kilbride. Her early education was at South Park Primary School, East Milton Primary School and Duncanrig Secondary School.[3] She attended the University of Strathclyde where she graduated with a BSc. degree in Psychology. Cameron went on to gain an MSc. degree in Psychology and Health from the University of Stirling before gaining her DClinPsy. degree from the University of Glasgow.[4][5] After her completing her higher education, Cameron specialised in forensic and clinical psychology and worked as a clinical psychologist in the NHS and as an assessor for the Scottish Risk Management Authority.[4][5]

Cameron voted in favour of Scottish independence at the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. After the referendum results were announced, in which Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom; she joined the Scottish National Party (SNP).[4][6] Cameron has also been a trade union representative for Unite for more than a decade.[5]

Parliamentary career


Cameron was selected to contest the East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow seat for the SNP at the 2015 UK general election. She received 33,678 votes, with a majority of 16,527 votes over the sitting Labour MP, Michael McCann.[7] The seat and its predecessor, East Kilbride, had been controlled by the Labour Party since 1974.

Cameron was the first clinical psychologist to be elected as an MP to the House of Commons.[8] During the 2015–17 parliament, Cameron was part of the International Development Committee and the International Development Sub-Committee on the Work of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact.[9] On 5 January 2016, the Scottish Daily Mail published a story which accused Cameron of "hypocrisy" as she owned five ex-council houses which were managed by her husband Mark Horsham, despite campaigning against the sale of council houses at the 2015 general election; she responded to the article by stating that she had been transparent in her property dealings and had declared ownership of the properties per parliamentary rules in her register of interests.[10][11][12] Cameron also made a formal complaint about the article to the press regulator Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) citing inaccuracies in the article and intrusiveness of the journalist who had interviewed her at home about the story before its publication. IPSO did not uphold the complaint and reported that the article had "accurately set out the manner in which the complainant had acquired her properties" and that there was no "intrusion into her private life".[13]

She retained her seat at the 2017 snap general election with 21,023 votes and both a reduced vote share and a majority of 3,866 votes.[14] Following the election, Cameron was elected to be part of the Health Select Committee and the Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion.[9] She is the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Chile, Disability, Dog Advisory Welfare, Psychology, Textile and Fashion and co-chair of the APPG on New Towns, She is also a Vice-Chair on the Pro-Life APPG.[15]

Cameron was re-elected at the 2019 general election with a majority 13,322.[16]

On 29 June 2020 Cameron was the only SNP MP to vote on a motion to introduce a Bill to restrict anti-abortion demonstrations near abortion clinics in England. She voted against the motion, submitted on her behalf by the SNP Chief Whip.[17]

Personal life


Lisa has been married to Mark Horsham since 2009,[2][11] and they have two daughters and live in South Lanarkshire.[4] In addition to her parliamentary activities, she continues to work as a consultant clinical psychologist for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.[12]

References


  1. "Biography for Dr Lisa Cameron". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  2. "Cameron, Dr Lisa (Who's Who, online edition)". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  3. "About Lisa". Lisa Cameron. Archived from the original on 10 November 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. Nicol, Lynda (12 February 2015). "Newcomer Lisa Cameron chosen by SNP to contest East Kilbride seat in UK election". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  5. "5 minutes with..." British Psychological Society. July 2015. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  6. "Scottish referendum: Scotland votes 'No' to independence". BBC News. 19 September 2014. Archived from the original on 19 July 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  7. "East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow". BBC News. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  8. "Psychology matters: Psychology, politics and public service" (PDF). British Psychological Society. p. 1. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  9. "Dr Lisa Cameron MP". parliament.uk. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  10. Findlay, Nicola (6 January 2016). "East Kilbride MP Lisa Cameron remains defiant over property portfolio furore". Daily Record. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  11. Johnson, Simon (5 January 2016). "Nicola Sturgeon urged to investigate two SNP MPs". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  12. "Register of Members' Financial Interest as at 9 October 2017" (PDF). parliament.uk. pp. 63–64. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  13. "02714-16 Cameron v Scottish Daily Mail". Independent Press Standards Organisation. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  14. "East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow". BBC News. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  15. "Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups" (PDF). parliament.uk. 8 November 2017. pp. 38, 371, 375, 648, 704, 823.
  16. Findlay, Nicola (13 December 2019). "Dr Lisa Cameron holds her seat as SNP claim victory in East Kilbride". dailyrecord. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  17. "SNP's mental health spokesperson voted against move to limit abortion clinic protests". theferret.scot/. 30 June 2020.