|Member of the Scottish Parliament
12 February 2009 – 22 March 2011
|Preceded by||Bashir Ahmad|
8 March 1966 |
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Alma mater||Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama|
Anne McLaughlin (born 8 March 1966) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician and was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow between 2009 and 2011. She has since unsuccessfully contested the Glasgow Provan constituency in the May 2011 Scottish Parliament election and the June 2011 UK Parliament by-election for the Inverclyde constituency.
- 1978 - 1984: Port Glasgow High School
- 1984 - 1987: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama; University of Glasgow
McLaughlin comes from Greenock but has lived in Glasgow for many years. 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 Glasgow East by-election, 2008.
Member of the Scottish Parliament: 2009–2011
McLaughlin became a regional member for Glasgow (Scottish Parliament region) 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 caused controversy[dubious ] by blogging photographs taken within the Scottish Parliament building. She has championed the cause of English language skills in Glasgow school-children. She was a member of the Public Audit and Public Petitions parliamentary committees (2009–2011).