Margo features in new update of Oxford Dictionary of Biography

Margo MacDonald
Margo MacDonald

Bellshill-born politician Margo MacDonald has been included in the latest update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography which adds 216 people who died in 2014.

Margo trained as a PE teacher and with her husband ran a pub in Blantyre while nurturing a political career which saw her win Glasgow Govan for the SNP in a 1973 by-election.

She spent just 78 days as an MP, losing the seat at the subsequent general election, but made an immediate impact and remained a popular figure in Scottish politics.

Convinced that the SNP needed to move to the left, she at various points clashed with the party hierarchy, and although she was elected an MSP on the party list in 1999 she sat from 2003 as an independent.

Immensely charismatic, and known for her dress sense as well as her political views, she was memorably described as ‘Dorothy Parker meets Dorothy Paul’.