Christine was elected as the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West on June 8 2017. Christine is the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and speaks on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the Commons.
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 5 years.
Christine also project managed a year long programme of seminars and trade visits to introduce TV production companies to the North American market.
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 that not everyone had the same 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 of 8 and 13. They had the support they needed but Christine saw how easy it would have been to slip through the net.
Christine saw young people with as much as, or more potential than her not fulfilling it because they did not have the backing that she had or have been able to give my daughter. That experience underpins everything she tries to do as your MP.