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Joan McAlpine

Joan McAlpine
Parliamentary Liaison Officer
to the First Minister of Scotland
Assumed office
May 2011
Serving with Humza Yousaf
Preceded by Alasdair Allan
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
Assumed office
5 May 2011
Personal details
Born (1962-01-28) 28 January 1962 (ageĀ 52)[1]
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Pat Kane (divorced)
Children 2 daughters (Grace, Eleanor)
Alma mater University of Glasgow
City University London

Joan McAlpine MSP (born 28 January 1962) is a Scottish journalist and Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South of Scotland. She has a column in the The Daily Record newspaper and is author of the blog Go Lassie Go, which won a Scottish media blog award.


McAlpine was born in Gourock, Renfrewshire and attended St Ninian's Primary school in Gourock and St Columba's secondary in Greenock. She has an MA (Hons) in Scottish History and Economic History from University of Glasgow.[2] She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in newspaper journalism from City University in London. McAlpine was formerly married to the writer and musician Pat Kane, with whom she has two daughters.[3]

McAlpine began her career at the Greenock Telegraph in 1987. She went on to work for The Scotsman and The Sunday Times, where she won the Scottish Journalist of the Year award in 1999. In 2000 she was appointed editor of The Sunday Times Scotland and the following year became deputy editor of The Herald; the first woman to hold the Herald post,[4] although not the first Scottish female newspaper editor. She also wrote a weekly column for The Scotsman.[5] Her blog, Go Lassie Go, was voted Scotland's top media blog in 2010.[6][7]

In 1994 McAlpine co-authored a book on the history of the anti-poll tax campaign, A Time to Rage, with the political activist Tommy Sheridan.[8] In 1999 a programme Border Television written and presented by McAlpine, Crossing the Border, received a commendation but no award at the New York Television Festival.[4]

Member of the Scottish Parliament

McAlpine was elected as a list MSP for the South of Scotland region in the 2011 Scottish parliamentary election. She has been a media adviser[9] for the SNP and Alex Salmond's speechwriter, as well as preparing for debates for the First Minister of Scotland.[10][11]

She currently is a member of the Scottish Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture and the Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the First Minister Alex Salmond MSP.


External links

  • - online blog
  • Scottish Parliament Member's page
  • Twitter
  • articles
  • articles

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