Claudia Beamish

Claudia Beamish
Claudia Hamilton Beamish MSP
Convener of the Scottish Parliament
Equal Opportunities Committee
Assumed office
14 June 2011
Deputy Stuart McMillan
Preceded by Margaret Mitchell
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
Assumed office
7 May 2003
Personal details
Born 9 August 1952 (1952-08-09) (age 59)
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Spouse(s) Michael Derrington [1][2]
Children daughter Freya Maud Beamish and son Francis Derrington[1]

Claudia Hamilton Beamish[3] (born 9 August 1952) is a Scottish Labour Party Member of the Scottish Parliament, representing the South of Scotland region.[4] Beamish is a leading activist in the Scottish Labour Party. She topped Labour's list for the South of Scotland in the 2003 and 2007 Scottish Parliament elections[5] and was Labour Co-operative candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale at the 2010 general election.

Beamish is the Convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee in the Scottish Parliament and speaks regularly in Parliament on issues relating to education and young people, equal opportunities, rural affairs and the environment.

Personal life

She is the daughter of the Conservative life peer Tufton Victor Hamilton Beamish, Baron Chelwood and his first wife Janet McMillan Stevenson.[3] Beamish has previously worked as a primary school teacher [6][7]

Her partner is Michael Derrington, an actor and “autism practitioner”.They brought up their family near Pettinain in the Clydesdale region.[2]


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