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Anne McLaughlin (born 8 March 1966) is a Scottish politician, who was a Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament from 2009–11 and the UK Parliament from 2015–17.

Anne McLaughlin
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North East
In office
8 May 2015 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byWillie Bain
Succeeded byPaul Sweeney
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
In office
12 February 2009 – 22 March 2011
Preceded byBashir Ahmad
Succeeded byHanzala Malik
Personal details
Born (1966-03-08) 8 March 1966 (age 53)
Greenock, Scotland, UK
Political partyScottish National Party
Alma materRoyal Conservatoire of Scotland
University of Glasgow

Early life and political activityEdit

McLaughlin comes from Greenock but has lived in Glasgow for many years. She attended Port Glasgow High School, graduating in 1984. She then attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the University of Glasgow.[1]

She contested Glasgow Springburn in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election, finishing second, and had previously contested the Glasgow Rutherglen seat at the 2001 UK General Election (again finishing second) and the similar Glasgow Rutherglen seat at the 2003 Scottish Parliament election. She was SNP campaign co-ordinator when John Mason won the 2008 Glasgow East by-election.

Member of the Scottish Parliament: 2009–2011Edit

McLaughlin became a regional member for Glasgow on 6 February 2009, following the death of Bashir Ahmad, as the next person on the SNP's regional list. Before this she was employed as a researcher for the MSP Bob Doris. She has championed the cause of English language skills in Glasgow school-children.[2] She was a member of the Public Audit and Public Petitions parliamentary committees (2009–2011).[3]

She contested the Glasgow Provan constituency in the May 2011 Scottish Parliament election but was unsuccessful.

Inverclyde by-election, 2011Edit

She was chosen by party members at a selection meeting in Greenock to contest the Inverclyde constituency in the June 2011 UK Parliament by-election. However, Labour retained the seat on a 5,835 majority which was reduced from 14,416.[4]

Member of the UK Parliament: 2015–2017Edit

McLaughlin was elected to the UK Parliament in the 2015 general election, for the Glasgow North East constituency. She won the seat from the incumbent Labour MP Willie Bain on a swing of 39%, breaking the record for the biggest swing at a general election. She then lost her seat to Labour candidate Paul Sweeney at the snap general election in 2017.


  1. ^ "Inverclyde by-election: The candidates". STV News. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  2. ^ Revealed: Glasgow's urgent need for extra English tuition, The Glaswegian 5 March 2009
  3. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007–2011): McLaughlin, Anne". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  4. ^ Inverclyde by-election, 2011,; accessed 8 May 2015.

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