Thank you

The General Election has been called for July 4. As I reflect on the last nine years, it has been both an honour and privilege to serve my home and community of Lanark and Hamilton East in the House of Commons.

It is truly the greatest privilege of my life to have had the opportunity to represent you.

I want to sincerely thank the constituents who have placed their trust in me, time and again, to represent them in the UK Parliament.

It has often been in times of extreme challenge, that my office has been trusted with extremely sensitive and difficult issues that my constituents have faced and I have always sought to champion their voices.

I have been proud to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community as an openly lesbian MP. To champion causes that I believe have made a difference, including my Bill calling for Paid Miscarriage Leave, Pension Inequality, the Gender Pay Gap and challenging inequality in all its forms.

While this UK Government has attacked the marginalised, disabled people and the most vulnerable in our society.

I have had the privilege to stand up for my constituents in need of a voice, advocating for support and to be entrusted with their confidence.

While this Tory government has hammered their hostile ideology, persecuting immigrants and asylum seekers, I have used my voice to push back against discrimination and xenophobia. As an SNP MP I have used every opportunity available to promote Scotland’s interests.

My tenure in parliament has been an exceptionally, turbulent time in UK politics.

During my time I have witnessed consecutive Conservative governments, Brexit, economic chaos, a Coronavirus pandemic, a revolving door of Prime Ministers and a cost of living crisis. It is clear that there is still much work to do.

I have always maintained that an Independent Scotland would aspire to govern differently and seek to improve the lives of everyone in Scotland.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to the SNP members, activists and voters who have supported me over the years.

I wish also to thank all of the constituents whether or not you voted SNP – I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to be a voice for everyone during my time at Westminster.

Thank you also to the community groups, businesses, third-sector, religious communities and individuals – too many to name – who have welcomed me, challenged me and inspired me to champion our community of Lanark and Hamilton East over the years as your representative.

In my time in office, I have worked with many other elected representatives in local government and the Scottish Parliament and I would like to thank them as well.

I wish whomever my successor is in the new Hamilton and Clyde Valley constituency the very best – I hope you will continue to champion these communities and always put their interests above politics.

It has been nothing short of a privilege to represent my community. I hope my successor will continue to aspire for a brighter future and for the real change that is needed to improve the lives of everyone.

What happens next

Parliament will be dissolved on Thursday, May 30 at which point there will be no MPs. My office will remain open following dissolution for urgent and necessary casework. Please do contact me if your case is urgent by email ( or by phone (01698 200 065).