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Carol Ann "Annie" Wells MSP is a Scottish politician who is a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Member of Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow region, elected at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[1]

Annie Wells

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Personal details
Born (1972-02-24) February 24, 1972 (age 47)
Political partyScottish Conservatives
OccupationFood retail manager

Wells is a single mum from Springburn who identifies as a lesbian.[2][3] She became involved in politics during the referendum on Scottish Independence by joining the Better Together campaign and stood as the Conservative candidate in Glasgow North East in the 2015 general election, finishing 3rd with 4.7% of the vote. She also unsuccessfully contested the Glasgow Provan constituency at the 2016 Scottish Parliament general election, finishing 3rd with 8.6% of the vote, but was elected via the regional list.[4][5] For the 12 years leading up to her election she worked as a retail manager for Marks & Spencer in various locations throughout Glasgow.[6]

Wells is the Scottish Conservative spokesperson for welfare reform and equalities.[7] She sits on the Equal Opportunities Committee of the Scottish Parliament.[8]


Wells was banned from Holyrood for leaking an embargoed committee report to the press. After a complaint was made that the MSP had "sought political advantage" by speaking out about prisoner voting before a report had been published, the parliament's standards committee unanimously ruled that Wells had breached the code of conduct for MSPs.[9]


  1. ^ "Election 2016: Glasgow. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ Rodger, Hannah (27 August 2015). "Conservatives are giving a voice to women". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ Allegretti, Aubrey (22 May 2016). "How Scotland Became The World Leader On Lesbian, Gay And Bisexual Representation". Huffington Post.
  4. ^ Brooks, Libby (2 May 2016). "Scottish elections: new faces of Holyrood 2016". Guardian.
  5. ^ "Glasgow North East parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC News". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Annie Wells MSP - MCNEILL & STONE". Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Scottish Conservative appointments for new parliamentary term". Scottish Conservative Party. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  8. ^ "Membership". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Tory MSP Annie Wells faces week-long Holyrood ban over report leak". BBC. 1 November 2018.

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