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Angus Robertson

The Right Honourable
Angus Robertson
MP
Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons
Assumed office
May 2007
Deputy Stewart Hosie
Preceded by Position established
Member of Parliament
for Moray
Assumed office
7 June 2001
Preceded by Margaret Ewing
Majority 9,065 (18.4%)
Personal details
Born (1969-09-28) 28 September 1969
London, United Kingdom
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Carron Anderson[1]
Alma mater University of Aberdeen
Website Official website

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 on the Constitution in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. 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]

Contents

  • Early life and career 1
  • Politics 2
  • Expenses claims 3
  • Personal Life 4
  • Select committees 5
  • Positions held 6
  • Bibliography 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

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 ORF.

Politics

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.

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.[6] 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.[7] Robertson provided Swiss Senator Dick Marty a report containing what he calls 'a detailed report of numerous suspect movements of aircraft transiting through Scotland.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10][11]

Expenses claims

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.[12] 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[12]

Personal Life

Robertson's partner, Jennifer Dempsie, is a former advisor to Alex Salmond. Dempsie campaigned to inherit Salmond's Scottish Parliament seat in Aberdeenshire East[13] but withdrew during an emerging investigation into the granting of state aid for the annual T in the Park music festival.[14]

Outside of politics, Robertson is a music fan, and is particularly fond of Metallica.[15]


Select committees

Positions held

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)

Bibliography

  • Robertson, Angus (2010). Why Vote SNP. Biteback Publishing. p. 128.  

References

  1. ^ "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests - Part 2: Part 2". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Profile: Angus Robertson - The Scotsman". Thescotsman.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  4. ^ "SNP appoints Angus Robertson MP to lead election campaign - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. 2014-12-13. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  5. ^ Victory man' takes reins of campaign for independence SNP fires the starting gun for vote on independence"'". News.scotsman.com. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  6. ^ [2] Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Angus Robertson MP, Moray". TheyWorkForYou.com. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  8. ^ "European governments 'knew of' CIA flights | US news". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  9. ^ "Robertson elected SNP's Westminster leader | Politics | The Guardian". Politics.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  10. ^ "Westminster SNP leader appointed Privy Council". snp.org. 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  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. 
  12. ^ a b Watt, Holly (2015-05-04). "SNP's Angus Robertson claims £80,000 for second home: MPs' expenses". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  13. ^ Gordon, Tom (21 June 2015). "Salmond's former special adviser set to inherit his seat". The Herald. 
  14. ^ Whitaker, Andrew (15 September 2015). "Fiona Hyslop to appear before MSPs over TITP funding". The Scotsman. 
  15. ^ "Angus Robertson Interview: SNP Westminster Leader On Devolution, Independence, Greece...and Metallica". huffingtonpost.co.uk. 2015-07-10. Retrieved 2015-07-11. 

External links

  • 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
Preceded by
Margaret Ewing
Member of Parliament
for Moray

2001–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
New office Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons
2007–present
Incumbent
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