Politics / Local politicians mourn the death of Winnie Ewing

Winnie Ewing. Photo: SNP Twitter account

POLITICIANS from across the political divide have paid tribute to Winnie Ewing who passed away aged 93.

She helped shape the SNP and became known as Madame Ecosse after winning the Hamilton by-election in 1967.

Ewing was born in Glasgow but she served as MSP for the Highlands and Islands from 1999 to 2003.

She also represented the Highlands and Islands at the European Parliament from 1979 to 1999.

Shetland and Orkney MP Alistair Carmichael tweeted: “Winnie Ewing was well known across the Highlands and Islands.

“She had a drive and determination and a sense of fun which meant that even those who disagreed with her still held her in respect and affection.

“I send my deep sympathies to Annabelle, Fergus and the whole family.”

SNP councillor Robbie McGregor told Shetland News: “It’s very, very sad news to learn of the passing of one of the pillars of the campaign for Scottish independence.


“I understand that she was a regular visitor to Shetland but it was before my time on the island.

“I take this opportunity to pass my condolences to the Ewing family.”

Scottish Conservative MSP for the region, Jamie Halcro Johnston, said in a statement: “I am sorry to learn of Winnie Ewing’s passing. I remember first meeting Winnie when she was a candidate for Orkney and Shetland at the 1983 General Election and even then, as a child, being rather starstruck by someone who was such a big political figure.

“While we may have been of different parties, I very much recognise the huge impact she made in Scottish politics, and the contribution she made to political life in the Highlands and Islands region over many decades.

“My thoughts are with Fergus, Annabelle and all of Winnie’s family and friends at what will be a difficult time”.



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