|The Right Honourable
|Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Member of Parliament
7 June 2001
|Preceded by||Margaret Ewing|
28 September 1969 |
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
Angus Struan Carolus Robertson MP (born 28 September 1969) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who is the SNP's Parliamentary Group Leader and spokesperson on the Constitution in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Moray.
Early life and career
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. 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 the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF.
Before his election to the UK House of Commons 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. He served as the SNP's spokesman on Defence and International Relations, and was well above average amongst MPs in the amount of contributions he made in the House of Commons. Robertson provided Swiss Senator Dick Marty a report containing what he calls 'a detailed report of numerous suspect movements of aircraft transiting through Scotland.
Robertson's main political interests are Scottish independence, international and European affairs, defence, 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. Following the 2015 general election and the election of Salmond as MP for Gordon, it was confirmed that he would continue in his role as leader in the Commons. In September 2015 he was appointed to the Privy Council and as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.
In January 2016, Robertson said that British Prime Minister David Cameron should admit to British involvement in Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: "Isn’t it time for the Prime Minister to admit that Britain is effectively taking part in a war in Yemen that is costing thousands of civilians lives and he has not sought parliamentary approval to do this?"
In 2015 it was reported that Robertson's expenses claims have included 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. The home cinema system was initially denied by the expenses office; however, Robertson appealed this decision and it was subsequently awarded.
Robertson has stated that the use of this system was to keep up to date with political matters in the media.
Robertson's wife, Jennifer Dempsie, is a former advisor to Alex Salmond. Dempsie campaigned to inherit Salmond's Scottish Parliament seat in Aberdeenshire East but withdrew during an emerging investigation into the granting of state aid for the annual T in the Park music festival.
- European Scrutiny Committee (2001–2010)
In August 2016 he was given the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Austrian Republic.
- Member, National Executive, Young Scottish Nationalists (1986)
- National organiser, Federation of Student Nationalists (1988)
- Member, SNP International Bureau
- Deputy SNP spokesperson for Constitutional and External Affairs (1998–1999)
- European policy adviser, SNP Group, Scottish Parliament
- 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)
- Robertson, Angus (2010). Why Vote SNP. Biteback Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 1-84954-034-9. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
- Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (2010-05-19). "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 19 May 2010 (pt 0002)". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
-  Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Angus Robertson MP, Moray". TheyWorkForYou.com. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
- "European governments 'knew of' CIA flights | US news". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
- "Robertson elected SNP's Westminster leader | Politics | The Guardian". Politics.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
- "Westminster SNP leader appointed Privy Council". snp.org. 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
- "SNP's Angus Robertson to become member of House of Commons Intelligence and Security Committee". The Herald. 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
- "David Cameron accused of silently taking Britain into Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen". The Independent. 20 January 2016.
- Watt, Holly (2015-05-04). "SNP's Angus Robertson claims £80,000 for second home: MPs' expenses". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
- Gordon, Tom (21 June 2015). "Salmond's former special adviser set to inherit his seat". The Herald.
- Whitaker, Andrew (15 September 2015). "Fiona Hyslop to appear before MSPs over TITP funding". The Scotsman.
- "Angus Robertson Interview: SNP Westminster Leader On Devolution, Independence, Greece...and Metallica". huffingtonpost.co.uk. 2015-07-10. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
- "SNP's Angus Robertson receives honour for fostering links with Austria". Retrieved 2016-09-30.
- Constituency website
- SNP profile
- STV News profile
- Guardian profile
- They Work For You
- The Public Whip
- Interview: Angus Robertson – politics.co.uk
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament
|Party political offices|
|New office||Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons