Personal Information

  • Member for: Lothian
  • Party: Scottish Labour
  • Date of Birth: 06 March 1969

2015-2016 Shadow Minister for Equality

Personal Interests:
Socialising with friends (going for a pint!), golf, cooking, gardening and cycling.

Religious Affiliation:

Roman Catholic Church

Trade Union Membership:



    1981 - 1985
    St Kentigerns Academy, Broxburn

    1986 - 1992
    West Lothian College

    1993 - 1996
    University of Strathclyde

    2002 - 2003
    University of Glasgow 

    Career History:

    1986 - 1996
    Apprentice and tradesman bricklayer in the family business

    1996 - 2000
    Housing Officer, Almond Housing Association, Livingstone

    2000 - 2003
    Housing Officer and Senior Housing Officer, various social landlords

    2003 - 2011
    Teacher at various primary and secondary local authority schools, mainly in Falkirk

    2003 - 2012
    Councillor for Breich Valley ward, West Lothian Council

    2012 - 2013
    Shadow Minister for Skills and Learning

    2013 - 2014
    Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health

    2014 - 2015
    Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training 

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