I was born and grew up in Anniesland and went to the local primary school and then Shawlands Academy secondary school. I now live off Great Western Road in the constituency.
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament I worked for BT for 31 years. I enjoyed a long running career with British Telecom, working my way up from an apprentice to management.
During this time I was highly active in the Communications Workers Union (CWU) and was West of Scotland chairman of the union Connect for three years, until elected to Parliament.
I have been the Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West since a by-election in 2000 following the death of Donald Dewar.
As a lifelong resident, from a family that has lived here for generations, I hope I am the best person to speak up for our area.