Angela was born on June 3, 1987 and was brought up and educated in Hamilton. After completing her secondary education at St. John Ogilvie High School in Hamilton, she went on to gain a B.A. Honours in Politics at the University of Stirling. Subsequently, Angela has achieved a Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Glasgow.
Angela was first elected to represent Lanark and Hamilton East in the 2015 General Election and is very proud to represent her home constituency in the House of Commons. She was subsequently re-elected at the 2017 and 2019 elections.
From an early age Angela has been politically and socially aware and was committed to her various causes long before she was elected to Parliament. She was a Councillor for South Lanarkshire for three years and was made National Convener of Young Scots for Independence in 2014.
Passionate about social justice, Angela was SNP spokesperson for Equalities, Women and Children between 2015 and 2020, during which she highlighted issues including on pensions, youth affairs, housing, children and families, disabilities, family support and child maintenance. Since 2020, Angela has been the SNP spokesperson on Defence Procurement and has also been appointed the Shadow Attorney General.
Angela has been a member of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee since its creation in 2015 and since 2020 has served as the committee’s vice chair. She is a former member of the Health and Social Care Committee.
Angela’s political interests are focused on achieving social justice and equality, including widening the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds, equal marriage, closing the gender pay gap, and 50:50 parliamentary representation for men and women. Angela has spoken widely on mental health issues, justice for WASPI women, and is a passionate promoter of LGBT rights, both in the UK and globally.
Angela campaigned to remain in the European Union and has championed the rights of EU nationals living in the UK following the vote to leave.