Jo Swinson MP

Jo Swinson
Jo Swinson MP

Jo was brought up in East Dunbartonshire, where she attended Douglas Academy in Milngavie. She graduated from the London School of Economics in 2000 with a First Class Honours degree in Management. Jo then worked in Yorkshire as Marketing & PR Manager for the Emap radio station Viking FM (, where she project-managed a 5 day radio event that received a Sony Radio Academy Award nomination. In 2002 Jo moved back to East Dunbartonshire and to take up the post of Marketing Manager for Glasgow-based media business SpaceandPeople ( In her time there she helped the company win Best E-Business at the Scottish Winners at the Web Awards 2003, and set up the Live Brand Experience Association trade body.

Jo Swinson was elected MP for East Dunbartonshire in May 2005, beating the sitting Labour MP by 4061 votes. She spent 9 months as the Lib Dem Shadow Arts Minister, and in March 2006 was appointed by Ming Campbell as Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland. At 27, Jo is the youngest MP in the House of Commons.

Outside politics, Jo likes going to the gym, reading, hiking, and salsa dancing.

Annabel Goldie MSP

Annabel was brought up in the West of Scotland, attending Greenock Academy from 1962 – 1968. After leaving school, Annabel studied law at Strathclyde University graduating in 1971. She then went into law, practising as a Solicitor (partner at Donaldson, Alexander, Russell & Haddow in Glasgow) for over twenty five years.

Annabel is a Fellow of the University of Strathclyde, a Director of the PSYBT, a Member of the Salvation Army West of Scotland Advisory Board, an Elder in the Church of Scotland and a member of the National Trust for Scotland. In her precious leisure time, Annabel enjoys getting into the great Scottish outdoors and can often be seen cycling around Renfrewshire. She also enjoys bird watching, walking, going to the cinema or theatre, or if her guests are brave enough having friends around for dinner!

β€œThe West of Scotland is an extremely interesting area to represent. The area is diverse, with a real mixture of rural and urban communities on both sides of the Clyde. I have always enjoyed working with people and with the onset of devolution, I felt it would be a great honour to take part and represent the people of the West of Scotland in the new Parliament. My role is to make sure I offer assistance to constituents needing guidance on devolved matters and to make sure that the needs of the people in the West of Scotland are heard in Edinburgh.”

Annabel will always try to assist her constituents with devolved matters and can be contacted by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the post at: Annabel M Goldie MSP, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP.

For further enquiries and information on surgeries, please telephone: 0131 348 5645

Annabel Goldie
Annabel Goldie MSP

Fiona McLeod MSP refused to meet with the editor on a constituency matter and so will not be listed.