Angus Robertson

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Angus Robertson
MP
Angus robertson.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Moray
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Margaret Ewing
Majority 9,065 (18.4%)
Personal details
Born (1969-09-28) 28 September 1969 (age 45)
Wimbledon, London, England
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Carron Anderson[1]
Alma mater University of Aberdeen
Profession Journalist
Website angusrobertson.org

Angus Struan Carolus Robertson MP[2] (born 28 September 1969) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who is the SNP's Parliamentary Group Leader and spokesperson for foreign affairs and defence. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Moray.

A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Robertson worked as a journalist. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2001. Robertson was the Election Co-ordinator for the Scottish National party's successful 2007 and 2011 Scottish Parliament election campaigns[3] and was appointed to run the SNP's campaign for the 2015 UK general election[4] He also served as the SNP Campaign Director for the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.[5]

Background[edit]

Robertson was born in Wimbledon, London, to a Scottish father, Struan, who was an engineer, and a German mother, Anna, who was a nurse. Robertson was brought up in Edinburgh and speaks fluent German.[6] He was educated at Broughton High School, Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen, where he graduated in 1991 with an MA Honours degree in politics and international relations. After university he embarked on a journalistic career, and worked as a foreign and diplomatic correspondent in Central Europe for the BBC World Service, and then for ORF.

Robertson joined the Scottish National Party in 1984, at the age of 15, after being given a leaflet about the party's youth wing by Charlie Reid of The Proclaimers.

House of Commons[edit]

Before his election in June 2001 he was the European and International Affairs Adviser to the SNP Group in the Scottish Parliament. During his first parliamentary session, Robertson was Scotland's youngest MP and was rated Scotland's "hardest working MP" according to statistics from the House of Commons.[7] He is the SNP's spokesman on Defence and International Relations, and is well above average amongst MPs in his contributions to Parliament.[8] He has consistently been amongst the 30 MPs who claim the most expenses, mainly due to high travel expenses.[9] Robertson provided Swiss Senator Dick Marty a report containing what he calls 'a detailed report of numerous suspect movements of aircraft transiting through Scotland.[10] Robertson's main political interests are Scottish independence, international and European affairs, defence, whisky, oil, fishing, sustainable development and youth issues. In May 2007, he became SNP Leader in the House of Commons, following Alex Salmond's election as First Minister of Scotland.[11] Following the 2015 general election and the election of Salmond as MP for Gordon, it was confirmed that he would continue is his role as leader in the Commons.

Expenses claims[edit]

Robertson's expenses claims have included[when?] a television costing £1,119, a £400 home cinema system, £500 for a bed, £20 for a corkscrew and £2,324 for a sofa bed.[12] The home cinema system was initially denied by the expenses office; however, Robertson appealed this decision and it was subsequently awarded.[13]

Select committees[edit]

Positions held[edit]

Party
Parliamentary
  • SNP Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and for Defence (2001–present)
  • SNP Spokesperson for Europe and for Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2005–07)
  • SNP Westminster Group Deputy Leader (2005–07)
  • SNP Westminster Group Leader (2007–present)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Margaret Ewing
Member of Parliament for Moray
2001–present
Incumbent