I was born and raised in Glasgow, moved to Rutherglen in 1972-1990 and have lived in Cambuslang for 17 years. I was an elected community councillor within Halfway, and as a member of both Amnesty International and Scottish CND have always been a fierce advocate of human rights, social justice, and nuclear disarmament.
I served as the MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West from May 2015 until Parliament was dissolved in May 2017 due to a snap general election being called.
During my time as an MP, I was incredibly active at Westminster. According to the Hansard team, I was the sixth highest contributing MP UK-wide in 2016 in terms of the number of debates, question sessions, and oral statements that I took part in.
I have raised a variety of issues at Westminster, be they local such as the crisis which faced our steel industry and the closure of Jobcentres, or more global matters such as the refugee crisis or the UK’s arms trade with Saudi Arabia.
In addition, I was the SNP Spokesperson on the Scotland Office and a Member of Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster. I have also worked on a cross-party basis with other MPs on specific matters, and in particular I was the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Democracy and Human Rights in the Gulf, Joint Vice-Chair of the APPG on Human Rights, Vice-Chair of the APPG on Food Waste, and active on a range of others.