Angus was first elected as a councillor to the former Falkirk District Council in 1992, also becoming the youngest Justice of the Peace in the country, following a career in the agricultural sector. He returned to Falkirk Council at the Inchyra by-election in December 2004 following the death of Councillor Tam O’Dea, securing 56% of the vote and a sensational swing from Labour to the SNP of 22%. He retained his seat in 2007, gaining the most first preference votes than any other Grangemouth candidate in the first multi-member ward elections.
In addition to the many responsibilities as a Councillor, Angus’ remit on Falkirk Council has been Economic Development during the period of the SNP-led administration and latterly as opposition spokesperson on Economic Development and Transport. He is a strong supporter of local businesses and actively engages with the business community, pursuing inward investment and new employment opportunities for Falkirk district at every opportunity.
In addition Angus has served on most major committees including Education, Housing & Social Services, Economic Strategy & Development, Planning (formerly Regulatory) and Investment (safeguarding the £1 billion Falkirk Council Pension Fund). He also serves as a Governor of the Stirlingshire Educational Trust and is a former member of Central Scotland Fire & Rescue Board.
Angus also was instrumental in bringing the Royal National Mod to Falkirk in 2008, which increased local awareness of Scottish culture and attracted £1.5 million to the local economy at the time of the economic downturn kicking in.
As a Member of the Scottish Parliament, Angus is currently a member of the Public Petitions Committee and the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
He is also a member of the following Cross-Party Groups:
Buidheann Thar-Phartaidh Na Gàidhlig (Convener), Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Crofting, Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Culture and Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Epilepsy
Angus lives in Grangemouth with his partner Linda and enjoys hill walking, reading and current affairs.