Scotland's new MPs

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PAMELA NASH, Labour Airdrie and Shotts Replacing: John Reid, Labour

This 25-year-old becomes Scotland's youngest MP and is, according to Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray, destined for "a big future". Brought up in Chapelhall in Lanarkshire, she studied at Glasgow University and had a brief stint working at Boots before becoming a parliamentary researcher for John Reid. Her selection caused controversy among some members of the party faithful who felt she was too young and inexperienced for the role.


Banff and Buchan

Replacing: Alex Salmond, SNP

A member of the SNP from the age of 17, this 41-year-old Aberdonian gained her PHD in Scottish Literature between stints working in Salmond's Peterhead office, and also worked for SNP MSP Irene McGugan. In 2005 she became Scottish campaigns manager for Make Poverty History, and has also worked with the Scottish Carers' Alliance.


Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

Replacing: Rosemary McKenna, Labour

Another youthful face seemingly hand-reared by John Reid, 31-year-old McClymont wrote speeches for the former Home Secretary after studying history at Glasgow and Pennsylvania Universities. The Cumbernauld native now teaches the subject at Oxford and is a member of the new young Labour crop nick-named the 'Facebook generation'.


Dunfermline and West Fife

Replacing: Willie Rennie, Liberal Democrat

Docherty wrestled this contentious seat off Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie, who pulled it out from under Labour in a 2006 by-election, in a widely anticipated election night tussle. Docherty is a well-connected figure in Scottish Labour politics and works for a communications consultancy. He previously worked at Network Rail. His father-in-law is the Labour councillor for the Dunfermline North Ward.


Dunbartonshire West

Replacing: John McFall, Labour

A local woman brought up and educated in Dumbarton, 27-year-old Glasgow University graduate Doyle is yet another of John Reid's proteges, having worked as one of his parliamentary researchers, and as a political officer for the Labour Party. She also spent time working for the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and is predicted to go far.


East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow

Replacing: Adam Ingram, Labour

A long-standing Labour activist, McCann was once parliamentary aide to Adam Ingram and also spent time working for Douglas Alexander at the Department For International Development. Since 2007 he has been a councillor at, and deputy leader of, South Lanarkshire Council.


East Lothian

Replacing: Anne Moffat, Labour

Parachuted in just one month before election day after Moffat was deselected by the constituency party, 50-year-old O'Donnell has been a Labour activist for over 25 years, most recently as a campaign specialist. She has also worked in the voluntary sector, specialising in children with behaviour problems and adults with mental health problems. A mother of four, she lives in Port Seton.


Edinburgh South

Replacing: Nigel Griffiths, Labour

An Edinburgh man and a local councillor for Liberton and Gilmerton for the past seven years, Murray has run a number of local campaigns against cuts to education and services to disabled people and has a good reputation in the city council. He also runs his own events management company.


Edinburgh East

Replacing: Gavin Strang, Labour

A longstanding Edinburgh councillor, Gilmore's career has seen her teaching in Glasgow schools before retraining as a solicitor specialising in Family Law. One of the more mature first-time MPs, the 60-year-old mother of four's selection as party candidate was called into question when 15 party members wrote to Labour's national executive committee asking for the result to be overturned, following claims proper voting procedures were not followed.


Glasgow Central

Replacing: Mohammad Sarwar, Labour

Following in the footsteps of his father Mohammad, who became Britain's first Muslim MP in 1997, 27-year-old Sarwar trained as an NHS dentist and two years ago spent time volunteering in Gaza. His father has been grooming Sarwar for a political future for some time, first naming him as his heir apparent three years ago, when he announced he would not seek re-election.

MIKE CROCKART, Liberal Democrat

Edinburgh West

Replacing: John Barrett, Liberal Democrat

The man inheriting one of the safest Liberal Democrat seats in the UK is a former Lothian and Borders police officer and an IT specialist from Perth. In 2005 he stood, and only just lost out on winning, the Edinburgh North and Leith seat.


Glasgow East

Replacing: John Mason, SNP

Curran successfully returned Glasgow East to the Labour fold on Thursday night after the SNP snatched it away in a famous 2008 by-election. Curran's presence at Holyrood over the past decade in roles such as minister for parliamentary business and minister for social justice has seen her become a prominent MSP once tipped for the Scottish Labour Party leadership, but having stood unsuccessfully for the Glasgow East seat in 2008, she has had her eye on Westminster for some time.


Kilmarnock and Loudoun

Replacing: Des Browne, Labour

A well-kent face at Holyrood where she was a favourite of Jack McConnell and a controversial Minister of Justice held responsible for the accidental release of a prisoner by security firm Reliance, 53-year-old Jamieson is still a serving MSP in the Scottish Parliament, and currently its shadow health secretary. Tipped to be a refreshing new voice at Westminster.



Replacing: Jim Devine, Labour

The 51-year-old is a former leader of West Lothian Council and has a degree in business from Napier University. Stood for Livingston when the serving Labour MP Jim Devine was barred from running after criminal proceedings were launched against him over his expenses claims.


Rutherglen and Hamilton West

Replacing: Thomas McAvoy, Labour

A former director of corporate affairs for NHS 24, the 35-year-old also held a senior post in East Dunbartonshire Council and has spent the past three years as a policy adviser to Labour Secretaries of State for Scotland. A rising star of the Scottish Labour party.