Anne McLaughlin

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Anne McLaughlin
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North East
In office
8 May 2015 – 8 June 2017
Preceded by Willie Bain
Succeeded by Paul Sweeney
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
In office
12 February 2009 – 22 March 2011
Preceded by Bashir Ahmad
Succeeded by Hanzala Malik
Personal details
Born (1966-03-08) 8 March 1966 (age 51)
Greenock, Scotland, UK
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
University of Glasgow

Anne McLaughlin (born 8 March 1966) is an SNP member and was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow North East from 2015 to June 2017. She was a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow between 2009 and 2011. In the 2015 UK General Election she won the Glasgow North East constituency for the SNP from the Labour Party candidate Willie Bain, with a swing of 39%, breaking the electoral record for the biggest swing in a General Election. She lost her seat to Scottish Labour Paul Sweeney on 8 June 2017


She attended Port Glasgow High School, graduating in 1984. She then attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the University of Glasgow.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

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[edit]

McLaughlin became a regional member for Glasgow 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 has championed the cause of English language skills in Glasgow school-children.[2] She was a member of the Public Audit and Public Petitions parliamentary committees (2009–2011).[3]

She contested the Glasgow Provan constituency in the May 2011 Scottish Parliament election but was unsuccessful.

Inverclyde by-election, 2011[edit]

She was chosen by party members at a selection meeting in Greenock to contest the Inverclyde constituency in the June 2011 UK Parliament by-election. However, Labour retained the seat on a 5,835 majority which was reduced from 14,416.[4]


  1. ^ "Inverclyde by-election: The candidates". STV News. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Revealed: Glasgow's urgent need for extra English tuition, The Glaswegian 5 March 2009
  3. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3 (2007–2011): McLaughlin, Anne". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Inverclyde by-election, 2011,; accessed 8 May 2015.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Willie Bain
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North East

Succeeded by
Paul Sweeney