Natalie McGarry (born 7 September 1981) is a former Scottish politician who represented Glasgow East in Parliament from 2015 to 2017.
McGarry was born and raised in Inverkeithing, Fife, and attended St. Columba’s R.C. High School in Dunfermline before studying law at the University of Aberdeen and working as a policy adviser for a non-profit organization.
She was elected as a Scottish National Party (SNP) candidate in the 2015 general election, but after six months resigned the SNP whip and sat as an independent until the end of the parliamentary session in May 2017.
McGarry was an SNP activist and the convener of the party’s Glasgow Regional Association before her election.
She was a member of the Women for Independence organization. Following allegations of financial misconduct, McGarry resigned from the SNP party whip in November 2015 while the matter was investigated.
She was charged with a number of fraud offenses in 2016 in connection with apparent discrepancies in the finances of the SNP Glasgow Regional Association and Women for Independence.She pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement in 2019 and was sentenced to eighteen months in prison.
She then changed her mind, pleading not guilty and being found guilty after a trial between April and May 2022.
Natalie McGarry Husband
McGarry married David Meikle, a Conservative councillor on Glasgow City Council representing the Pollokshields ward, in May 2016.
The couple had been dating since 2011, and announced their engagement shortly after she was elected to the House of Commons.