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New Patron for AMP

Posted: October 8th, 2020

THE AMP has a new Patron.

Our previous House of Commons Patron has been elevated to the House of Lords – former Labour MP Ian Austin is now Baron Austin of Dudley – and we’re absolutely chuffed to announce that we have a new Patron representing the AMP in the lower house.

Meet Christine Jardine.

Christine was approached by friend and AMP Committee member Malcolm Speed. In his invitation, he explained: “On November 5 this year it will be 30 years since Robert Maxwell drowned off his yacht Lady Ghislaine. You will recall these events from your former role as Editor of PA in Scotland.

“That event on Bonfire Night led to the discovery of the theft by Maxwell of pension fund money, some of which we were fortunate to have returned. Others were not so fortunate.

“I can only remind you that when we discovered Maxwell had plundered the pension fund,
the then editor of the Daily Mirror said : ‘Our watchdogs didn’t bark.’

“We now seek always to be on guard, which is why I am writing to you on behalf of the AMP.”

On accepting her new role, Christine said: “I would be delighted to be your champion in the Commons.”

Christine, 60, has been the Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West since June, 2017, and is the LibDems Treasury spokesperson. She is also speaks for the LibDems on Brexit, and was their Home Affairs spokesperson and spokesperson for Women and Equalities from 2019 to 2020.

Before entering politics, Christine was an Edinburgh-based journalist and broadcaster who had written for the Scotsman, worked for the BBC and was editor of the Press Association in Scotland. Christine taught both post- and undergraduate students at the University of the West of Scotland, having run the postgraduate practical journalism course at the Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies for five years.

Christine has one daughter who is studying at the University of Edinburgh. Her late husband, Calum Macdonald was also a journalist.

Originally from a comfortable working-class background, Christine learned early in life about family support and encouragement. This was brought home to Christine when her father died at the age of just 44, leaving her Mum to look after her and her two sisters aged eight and 13. They had the support they needed but Christine saw how easy it would have been for them to have slipped through the net.

There will be a full report about all our Patrons in the spring Mirror Pensioner.

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