Angus MacNeil MP

MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (UK)

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Angus Brendan MacNeil is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of Parliament for the constituency of Na h-Eileanan an Iar (UK) and the Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee in the UK Parliament.

Angus MacNeil MP is a native Gaelic speaker from Barra. He was in school in Barra and the Nicholson Institute in Stornoway. He studied Civil Engineering at Strathclyde University and then worked as a reporter at the BBC in Inverness for two years before becoming a Primary Teacher. He worked for two years in Salen in Mull where he started the Gaelic Unit before moving to Fort William. In the 2001 general election, Angus MacNeil was the SNP candidate for Inverness East Nairn and Lochaber. In 2009, he returned to Barra to teach and worked in Eoligarry School at the northern end of the island until his election. Angus was elected as MP for Na h-Eileanan an lar (Western Isles) in May 2005.

Over his Parliamentary career, Angus has served on the Scottish Affairs Select Committee from 2005 to 2008, Energy and Climate Change Select Committee from June 2015, the Liaison Committee (Commons) from September 2015 and the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy from November 2015. He has also been the Shadow Spokesperson  for Culture, Media and Sport and for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2008 to 2010, Shadow Spokesperson for Work and Pensions from 2007 to 2008, Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Scotland from 2008 to 2015, and Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Constitutional Reform and for Transport from 2010 to 2015.

Within Parliament, Angus has also been involved with various All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) of relevance to PRPI. He serves as Chair of the APPG for Faroe Islands; as Vice-Chair of the APPGs for Finland, Sweden, China, Taiwan, Switzerland, the Bahamas, Mauritius and Pacific Islands; as Treasurer of the APPGs for Denmark and Liechtenstein; and as Secretary of the APPG on Iceland, Norway and Animal Welfare. Angus also received awards from the Spectator Magazine and the Political Studies Society for setting the political agenda in Britain during 2006. He is a member of the editorial board for political monthly Total Politics.

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