"I was delighted when Winnie Ewing, the former MP for Hamilton, agreed to officially open my new constituency office in 2011. She is a great personal inspiration to me as a politician, and an important link with the history of my constituency."
Christina with Winnie Ewing

Christina McKelvie was elected as an SNP MSP for Central Scotland in 2007, and then re-elected in 2011 as the constituency MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse. In the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, Christina was returned to the Parliament with an increased majority. She became the Minister for Older People and Equalities in the Scottish Government on June 2018 and before this was Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRIC). 

An active member of the SNP for many years before being elected, Christina has a wide range of political interests including children and young people, employment, community empowerment and regeneration, human rights and international development.

Christina was born in Glasgow in 1968 and brought up in Easterhouse. Before being elected to Parliament, she worked for Glasgow City Council social work services as a Learning and Development Officer. A long-time active trade unionist, she formerly convened the SNP backbench parliamentary trade union group.

Christina has two sons and her personal interests include reading, painting and hill-walking.