Sheila Ritchie

Sheila E. Ritchie (born 18 May 1957) is a Scottish Liberal Democrats politician and solicitor, who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Scotland constituency from 2019 to 2020.[1][2]

Sheila Ritchie
Ritchie in 2019
Member of the European Parliament
for Scotland
In office
2 July 2019  31 January 2020
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1957-05-18) 18 May 1957 (age 64)
Political partyLiberal Democrat


She is a consultant (formerly partner) at an Aberdeen law firm, and was formerly a Councillor and the leader of Gordon District Council.[3][4]

She was a Scottish Government appointee to the European Economic and Social Committee between 2000 and 2003.[5]

She is a Trustee of the sustainable land development non-profit, The Macaulay Development Trust.[6]

Member of the European Parliament

Ritchie was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the Scotland constituency in the 2019 European Parliament election. As a Liberal Democrat, she sat with Renew Europe group. From July 2019, she was a member of the European Parliament Committee on Budgetary Control and the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.[7] She served as an MEP until the 31 January 2020, when the Brexit process was completed.

Post 2020

Ritchie stood in Moray at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.[8]


  1. "The UK's European elections 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. "SNP to increase its MEPs as Labour collapses". BBC News. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  3. "Sheila Ritchie heads Scottish European list". Liberal Democrat Voice. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  4. Davidson, Jenni (18 April 2019). "Scottish Lib Dems announce candidates for European Parliament election". Holyrood Magazine. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. "Sheila Richie MEP". Scottish Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  6. "Governance of The Macaulay Development Trust". The Macaulay Development Trust. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  7. "Sheila RITCHIE - 9th parliamentary term". European Parliament. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  8. "Scottish election 2021: Ten seats to watch". BBC News. 3 April 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2021.

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