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Clare Adamson

Clare Anne Adamson MSP (born 1 August 1967) has represented the Scottish National Party as Member of the Scottish Parliament since 2011; she was a local government Councillor on North Lanarkshire Council for the Wishaw Ward from 2007-2012.[1]


Clare (née Pickering) was born in Motherwell and, from the age of seven, was brought up in Wishaw, Lanarkshire. She read Computer Information Systems at Glasgow Caledonian University, graduating with the degree of BSc (with distinction). She belongs to the National Union of Journalists and is a qualified Member of the British Computer Society (proceeding FBCS).[2]

In 2002, she married John Adamson,[3] head teacher of a local state school, by whom she has one son (and three stepchildren). Her hobbies include painting and watching live music, especially folk music. Clare and John are enthusiastic members of the National Trust for Scotland.

Political Life

Prior to entering public life, Clare worked for four years at the SNP HQ Campaign Unit as Project Manager of the Party’s 'Activate Project'. Previously she was European Development Manager (IT) at a Glasgow-based software house.

Since her election as a Member of the Scottish Parliament she has continued to be actively involved with the Scottish Accident Prevention Council[4] (as Vice Chairman) and the Lanarkshire International Children's Games Organising Committee.

At Holyrood, Clare Adamson represents the constituency of Central Scotland and is Director of the North Lanarkshire Leisure Trust.

Previous Elections

Adamson was previously selected to stand for election to North Lanarkshire Council in 2003 and subsequently as SNP Westminster Parliamentary Candidate for Lanark & Hamilton East at the 2010 UK General Election. Her campaigning was rewarded with election as MSP from the SNP's Party List. She serves at Holyrood on the Education & Culture and Equal Opportunities Committees.[5]


External links

  • Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) (
  • Clare Adamson's Party Website
  • Lanarkshire International Children's Games 2011
  • Scottish Accident Prevention Council
  • STV 2010 General Election profile
  • councillors' expenses review 2008-2009
  • councillors' expenses review 2009-2010
  • STV Local
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