HOLYROOD: THE HEART OF SCOTLAND'S DEMOCRACY
Monday, 21 September 2015 17:45
Angus MacDonald MSP, the voice of Falkirk East in Edinburgh
In this photograph, Holyrood politician Angus MacDonald is pictured in front of the Scottish Parliament's chamber building to the right, MSP offices to the left and historic Queensberry House section - where the Presiding Officer is based - in the centre. In the background can be seen the iconic palladian monument on Calton Hill - the "Athens of the North".
Elected to serve the people of Falkirk East at the Scottish Parliamentary elections in May 2011, Mr. MacDonald has lived in the Falkirk area for most of his life.
Born in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and educated at Keil School, Dumbarton, Angus's family moved to Grangemouth when he was at high school.
Mr. MacDonald then followed a career in the agricultural sector, working in the family businesses which included farming, livestock auctioneering and wholesale meat supplies.
With a lifelong interest in community welfare and development, Angus' political career began in earnest when he was elected to the former Falkirk District Council in 1992 - the old Grangemouth offices of which are pictured below.
In 2004, Angus MacDonald was returned to the reorganised Falkirk Council at the Inchyra by-election, securing 56% of the vote and a 22% swing to the SNP from Labour.
The Holyrood elections of 2011 saw Mr. MacDonald win the Falkirk East seat with a majority of 3535 and a 13.4% swing from Labour to the SNP.
His constituency extends from Wester Whin and the Falkirk Braes in the south to Airth and South Alloa in the north; and from Stenhousemuir, Carronshore and Jawhills in the west to Bo'ness and Blackness in the east.
Married to Linda, Angus relishes what he sees as the great privilege representing and serving his constituents in the Holyrood chamber.
The Falkirk East MSP is also active in a number of parliamentary bodies including the Public Petitions Committee and Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee of which he is a Member and the Cross Party Group on Gaelic (Buidheann Thar-Phartaidh Na Gàidhlig) of which he is Convener.
You can follow news relating to Angus's parliamentary and constituency work here on his website @ www.angusmacdonald.info or on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/Angus4FalkirkE or on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/AngusMacdonaldMSP
Whether at his office, in the chamber or out on the streets, Angus MacDonald, the consummate people's champion, is always working hard for those he represents.