I was first elected to Holyrood as a Scottish Labour and Co-operative Constituency MSP in 2007 for what was then the Glasgow Rutherglen constituency. I went on to win the Rutherglen Constituency seat in 2011, and became a Glasgow list MSP in 2016.
I was brought up in the Scottish Specials area of Halfway, and went to Trinity high school. Before being elected I worked in computing and accounting, latterly for Scottish Power. I have lived within this constituency my whole life, now living in Cambuslang with my wife and two daughters. When I'm not in parliament you're likely to find me running around Rutherglen, at the football or on the golf course.
In 2018, I repealed the SNP government’s Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act, becoming the first opposition MSP to completely repeal an administration’s law. The legislation was the first to be introduced without any cross-party support and was widely discredited by legal experts, fans’ organisations and human rights groups.
I am a strong supporter of co-operatives and have chaired the cross-party group on this subject in Holyrood. Throughout my time as an MSP I have championed the work of co-operatives and called for co-operative solutions to address many of the problems that exist, particularly in housing.