“I am immensely proud to be the MSP for Edinburgh Central, the constituency in which I was raised.”
Angus Robertson was born in London to a Scots father and German mother and was raised bi-lingually. He grew up in Stockbridge in Edinburgh Central, where he attended Flora Stevenson Primary School and Broughton High School, before studying at the University of Aberdeen.
After a distinguished career in international journalism, Angus Robertson worked in the Scottish Parliament as an expert advisor. In 2001, Angus was elected to the House of Commons where he served for 16 years. He was elected Westminster SNP group leader in 2007, a position he held for a decade.
Angus Robertson was elected as SNP Depute Leader in 2016, having gained majority support in the ballot of grassroots SNP members. He served as Nicola Sturgeon’s deputy from 2016-2019.
Angus was SNP Campaign Director for the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary election, which secured the first SNP victory at Holyrood and then for the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary election when the SNP won an absolute majority. He was Campaign Director for the historic 2015 UK General Election success which saw the SNP win 56 out of 59 Scottish seats.
Angus was elected as the MSP for Edinburgh Central in the 2021 Scottish Parliament Elections and appointed the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture.
Angus is a keen hobby cook, film and music fan taking part in the ‘Speyside Sessions’ charity music project with film-star Kevin McKidd. He is a big Scotland rugby fan and Hearts supporter.
He lives in Edinburgh with his wife Jennifer, their two daughters Saoirse and Flora, and two labradoodles, Freja and Marnie.
7 May 2021 – The Edinburgh Central constituency was won by Angus Robertson.
Angus overturned a Conservative majority of 610 in the seat. He won 16,276 votes, giving him a 4,732 majority over the Tories’ Scott Douglas.
Speaking after taking the Edinburgh Central seat, Angus said: “In this most European of capital cities, people have resoundingly rejected the party of Brexit and Boris Johnson.
“The public has rejected all of the parties that want to block an independence referendum.”
He added: “This result is an emphatic and an unparalleled victory for the SNP in Edinburgh Central.
“We have just won the seat of the former leader of the Scottish Conservatives and recorded the best ever SNP result.”
He said voters had said “Scotland’s future should be in Scotland’s hands”.
Angus attended Aberdeen University where he graduated in 1991 with an MA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations. His student summer jobs included work in Edinburgh as a Royal Mile tour guide and at the Scotch Whisky Experience.