About Alison

Alison Johnstone is the Scottish Green Party MSP for Lothian region which includes Edinburgh, West Lothian, most of Midlothian and the Musselburgh area of East Lothian.

She is a member of the parliament’s Devolution committee, and a substitute member of the Economy, Energy and Tourism committee.

Alison is also Convener of the parliament’s cross-party group on Sport, co-convener of the cross-party group on Cycling, and deputy convener of the cross-party groups on Animal Welfare, and Children and Young People.

Alison is originally from Edinburgh and lives in the south of the city with her husband and young daughter. A former East of Scotland 800 metres and 1500 metres title holder, Alison still runs for fitness and has witnessed the gradual and ongoing loss of accessible green space for residents and the apparent obsession with organised and elite sport that excludes many.

From 1999 Alison worked as an assistant to Robin Harper MSP, a position she held until he stood down in 2011 and she was elected. She also served as a councillor for Morningside and the Meadows in Edinburgh between 2007 and 2012.


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