Annie was born and raised in Springburn in the North East of Glasgow. To this day still lives in her family home with her son. Coming from a working-class Labour family, daughter of a railway man and a cleaner, she was encouraged by her mum and Dad to work hard and achieve her goals in life.
Prior to her political career, Annie worked as a Retail Manager for Marks and Spencer, she started her political journey during the independence campaign in 2014, joining the local Scottish Conservative Association hoping to assist with the 2015 General Election. Little did she realise she would end up becoming the candidate in Glasgow North East for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Annie didn’t win her first election but did increase the vote. She did not have long to wait until campaigning started again, this time it was the Scotland Parliamentary Elections – to her surprise, she was ranked second on the Glasgow List and won the Regional Seat in 2016 (the first time the Conservatives have held 2 Glasgow seats).
Annie went on to be the Welfare and Equalities spokesperson for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party from 2016 to 2018. In 2018 she became a Party Spokesperson for Public Health, Mental Health and Equalities and in February 2020 she was honoured to become the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government and COP26. Annie has always been a strong advocate of equal opportunities no matter what background you are from.
Graham Simpson MSP
Graham Simpson is an MSP for Central Scotland for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and is the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.
He served as a councillor in South Lanarkshire between 2007 and 2017, while working as a sub editor for the Scottish Sun in Glasgow. Then he was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016 and gave up his career in journalism – which was something he had been in since leaving school in Carlisle. Graham now lives in East Kilbride with his wife and they have two daughters. He enjoys cycling, walking, jazz and watching football.
Graham feels strongly about the fact that everybody should be recognised and listened to regardless of any groups especially as everybody should be working together.
Liz Smith MSP
Liz Smith was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2007 and was re-elected in both 2011 and 2016. She is one of four Conservative Regional Members for Mid Scotland and Fife. Following her long-serving role as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education, she was promoted to Chief Whip in February 2020 and is now Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. She also chairs two cross party committees: those on Colleges and Universities, and Sport.
Liz lives at Madderty in South Perthshire. She was educated at George Watson’s College and holds an Honours Degree in Economics and Politics and a Diploma in Education from the University of Edinburgh. She returned to George Watson’s College in 1983 to teach Economics and Modern Studies and in 1992 became a Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge whilst she undertook some academic research in politics. In 1998 she left teaching to work as Political Advisor to Sir Malcolm Rifkind and between autumn 2001 and autumn 2003 she was Head of the Chairman’s Office in Scottish Conservative Central Office.
Outside politics, Liz is a keen sportswoman with particular interest in cricket and hill-walking. She won seven caps with the Scottish Ladies’ Cricket XI, is a former President of the Scottish Women’s Cricket Association, and is an official Munroist on account of her completing all of the 282 peaks in Scotland over 3,000ft. Liz’s other interests include mountaineering expeditions, photography and writing (joint author of “Outdoor Adventures” published in October 2003 and the history of George Watson’s Ladies’ College published in autumn 2006). As one of the first women in the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party joining the Scottish Parliament Liz fully understands the need to not only attract but also support the BAME community in Scotland.
Rachael Hamilton MSP
Rachael is a Scottish Conservative MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency, and is the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, including Equalities. She was formerly a list MSP for South of Scotland after her initial election in 2016 but won a by-election in June 2017 with a majority of 9,338. She was Deputy Chief Whip from October 2018 to March 2020, and served as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Tourism until August 2020. Rachael was born in Brecon, Wales and attended St. David’s Ursuline Convent and Hereford Technical College. She studied agriculture at Harper Adams University and began a career as a BASIS qualified agronomist working for Schering and Dalgety. In 2008, she became a Director of the family hospitality business based in the Scottish Borders. Rachael has been involved in politics since 2002, standing as a candidate in 2013 in the local by-election for Lauderdale & Melrose topping the ballot on first preference votes with 27% of the vote and making significant gains. Rachael was Campaign Manager for John Lamont MP in his successful election for Scottish Parliament in 2007.
She played a co-ordinating role in the Better Together campaign in the South of Scotland in 2014. Rachael was Co-Chair of Jackson Carlaw’s leadership campaign alongside Liam Kerr MSP. Alongside Rab Forman, Rachael is Chairwoman of the Scottish Conservative party and plays an active role in Women2Win Scotland. Rachael is Deputy Chair of the Social Enterprise Cross Party Group and believes in contributing to all economic and social areas that affect the people and businesses of Scotland including BAME communities.
Miles Briggs MSP
Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative & Unionist MSP for Lothian, was born in 1983 and elected to the Scottish Parliament as a Member for Lothian Region in May 2016.
Miles is the Scottish Conservative Chief Whip and a Member of the Parliament’s Health & Sport Committee. He was previously the Shadow Minister for Mental & Public Health.
Miles is Co-Convenor of the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Cancer and Convenor of the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Scottish Horseracing & Bloodstock Industries. He is actively involved in numerous other Cross-Party Groups.
Educated at Auchtergaven Primary School and Perth Grammar School, Miles then attended Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where he studied Management & Politics. Following graduation Miles worked for The Executive Council of the Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada. He then spent 10 years working as a Political Adviser to MSPs Dr Nanette Milne and Liz Smith.
Outside of politics Miles is a keen hill walker, having completed 83 Munros to dates, and is also interested in rugby, countryside issues, photography, Scottish history & music.
Liam Kerr MSP
Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for North East Scotland was born in 1975 and elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016.
Educated at George Watson’s College, Liam worked at as a chef at Café Royal in Edinburgh before attending Edinburgh University where he graduated with a degree in sociology. Liam worked as a commission-based telecoms salesman for several years and as a session musician in London before retraining as an employment lawyer and eventually setting up his own practice in Aberdeen.
Liam has served as the Scottish Conservatives Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Justice since 2017 and is a member of the Justice Committee and Deputy Convener of the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee.
Through his portfolio, Liam has consistently called for victims of crime to receive grater input and support in the criminal justice system. Liam supported the successful campaign to pass Finn’s Law in Scotland after starting a petition which was signed by over 57,000 people. Thanks to his efforts, criminals who harm service animals will now be given up to five years in jail.
Outside of politics, Liam is a keen cyclist and online chess player. He is married to a primary school teacher, sails a small boat and recently studied for an MBA through the Open University. Liam is also a member and former chairman of the Aberdeen 100 Round Table and a former member of St Fittick Rotary Club.
Jackson Carlaw MSP
Jackson has been an MSP since 2007, most recently serving at party leader from February 2020 to August 2020. Prior to this, he served two terms initially as a regional MSP for the West of Scotland before being elected as the constituency member for Eastwood in May of 2016. Jackson was the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives having been appointed by Ruth Davidson in 2011 and was previously Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Europe and External Affairs having led on health for almost nine years prior. In September 2018, Jackson became Interim Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, covering for Ruth Davidson whilst she was on maternity leave, taking up the role again in September 2019 when she stood down from the position.
Before becoming an MSP Jackson worked in the retail motor industry for 25 years and has been involved in the Conservative Party since his mid-teens when he joined locally in East Renfrewshire. He has held various voluntary Chair positions around the party including Deputy Chairman of Scottish Conservatives by John Major (1992/98) and served again in 2005/06 when he was also on the UK Party Board.
Jackson is married with two adult sons and now lives in Waterfoot in Eastwood. Outside of politics, Jackson is interested in theatre generally and film. He reads extensively (biographies, historical and crime fiction being typical picks) and enjoys (light!) walking around Scotland although in recent years this has been complemented by some sterner efforts during the summer in the Swiss Alps. Jackson has a strong vision to see that the party not only attracts people from diverse backgrounds to join but also to make sure their polices are representative of the population of Scotland.
Jamie Greene MSP
Jamie Greene is a Scottish Conservative MSP for the West Scotland Region and currently serves as the Shadow Education Secretary. He grew up in Greenock and went on to pursue a career in media which saw him work across the UK and overseas.
He was previously Commercial Director at Viacom in London and ran a media content business prior to joining the Scottish Parliament in 2016. In 2018 he was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet under the Transport and Infrastructure brief before being promoted to the Education portfolio in January 2020.
Upon being elected to Holyrood he set out to create the parliament's first ever Cross-Party Group on LGBTI+ issues and is also a member of the cross-party groups on Taiwan, the Nordics and Israel.
Jamie Greene is a firm believer that having access to high-quality education is a fundamental right of every child in Scotland so that young people are afforded every opportunity in life and aren’t hindered by their personal circumstances.
His own personal experience taught him that a good education is critical to social mobility, allowing him to pursue a successful media career and become an MSP, despite growing up in one of the most deprived areas of Scotland.
Dean Lockhart MSP
Dean Lockhart is a Scottish Conservative MSP for the Mid-Scotland and Fife Region and currently serves as the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe & External Affairs. He was previously Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and for Business, Infrastructure and Transport.
Dean grew up in Larkhall and went to his local primary and secondary schools before attending Glasgow University to study Law.
Before being elected to the Scottish Parliament, Dean was an Asia-based international lawyer and leading business adviser for more than 20 years, with experience across Hong-Kong, India, Japan and Singapore. Dean also served as First Secretary (Commercial) at the British Embassy in Manila, assisting British firms to invest across Asia.
Separately, Dean has significant experience of start-up businesses across a number of sectors.
Upon being elected to Holyrood, Dean established the Cross-Party Groups on Japan and the USA, and became Convener of the Cross-Party Group on China. He chairs regular meetings of these Cross-Party Groups to assist build better connections between Scotland and those countries in the areas of trade, education and culture.
Dean firmly believes that the Scottish Parliament must do more to help foster and support an innovative and dynamic business base in Scotland and to help realise our true potential for sustainable economic growth. By achieving this potential, we can invest in and deliver world-class education and other vital public services across Scotland.