McLeod joined the SNP in 2004 on leaving her restricted post in the Scottish Parliament.
After spending 5 years living in Brussels and working as Head of Policy for Alyn Smith, MEP, in 2009 McLeod returned home to fight the European Parliamentary elections for the SNP – almost winning an unprecedented third European seat for the SNP.
From 2009-2011 McLeod was Parliamentary Assistant to Michael Russell MSP for the South of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education.
She lives in Lanark with her partner.
- Davidson, Lorraine (10 May 2011). "Biggest wave of new faces into Holyrood since devolution". The Times (London).
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