I grew up on the Northern side of Edinburgh and have lived in or around Edinburgh Northern and Leith throughout most of my life.
I live in the constituency now and care passionately about all of its strong, vibrant and diverse communities.
I’ve always been motivated to help achieve greater social justice and progress, which is why I’ve been involved in politics as a campaigner and activist for many years. I’m a qualified solicitor, which means I understand how government functions, how the economy works and how policy is implemented. My legal experience also means that I know how to represent other people.
Previously, I’ve worked in a variety of additional roles in the private, public and third sectors. I’ve worked in renewable energy, financial services and for an international charity.
I'm a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the University of York.
The University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) : 2010 – 2012
Diploma in Professional Legal Practice: –
The Open University
History: 2010 – 2012
Modern Scottish History (1707-2007) - Level 3 - 60
Medieval to Modern History (1400-1900) - Level 2 - 60 Credits
University of York
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Philosphy and Politics, Second Class Honours Division One (2:1)
As a constituency Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP), I'm determined to deliver strong commitment and representation, with new energy and a constructive approach. I’m focused on being a passionate voice in the Scottish Parliament for local communities and positive change, and I'm working hard to effectively, responsively and pro-actively serve all of Edinburgh Northern and Leith.
In June 2018, I was appointed as Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development. I was honoured and delighted to have been appointed to this position by the First Minister. As a committed internationalist, and proud representative of such a diverse constituency, this was an important responsibility to emphasise, enhance and promote Scotland’s position as an outward-looking, European and progressive nation. In February 2020 I was then appointed to a new role as Minister for Public Finance and Migration.