Kirsten Oswald

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Kirsten Oswald became the Scottish National Party (SNP) MP for East Renfrewshire in the recent 2015 general election. The seat, which was previously held by the Scottish Labour leader and MP Jim Murphy, had been seen as a safe Labour seat since he took on the constituency in 1997.

The result saw Oswald overturn a Murphy's majority of over 10,000 votes to win by 3,718.[1]

Educated at the University of Glasgow she has spent a number of years working in human resources, she only joined the SNP in June 2014 and has therefore been described as a political novice. [2]

Oswald has been made a member of the Armed Forces Bill Select Committee from November 2015.[3]


  1. Labour leader Jim Murphy loses seat in dramatic election result stv news, 8 May 2015, accessed 8 May 2015
  2. SNP candidate sparks row after asking Tories to help her claim Jim Murphy's scalp Herald Scotland, 5 May 2015, accessed 7 May 2015
  3. Dods people, 'Arrivals, moves and departures', Civil Service World, accessed 3 November 2015