I've been a professional pianist, an IT analyst for 23 years, a business owner and was the MP for Edinburgh West from the 7th of May 2015 until the 2nd of May 2017. I’m also a mother of two grown up children and am married to a fellow musician.
I’ve lived in Edinburgh West all my married life. I know and love this constituency which runs from South Queensferry to Corstorphine and includes Cramond, Dalmeny, Kirkliston, Davidson’s Mains, East Craigs, Gyle, Muirhouse, Drylaw, Murrayfield and Stenhouse.
While mainly urban, it has coastal and rural aspects too. There is a good deal of wealth and prosperity – but also some very deprived areas that deserve more and better support.
I was privileged to represent everyone who lives in this area, regardless of whether or not they voted for me.
There’s more to life than politics and the House of Commons can seem very far removed from the ordinary, daily lives of people here in Edinburgh West.
That’s why I want to highlight a few of the areas in which I’m involved that aren’t directly about legislation or government finances.
I know that Scotland has the entrepreneurial spirit to grow and develop new ideas, new products, new concepts. We punch well above our weight in terms of innovation and ingenuity.
I want to see stronger support systems in place so that R&D can really thrive and so that the people with the talent and skills to start up a business get the chance to do so.
Music and the arts
Music is deeply embedded in me, right from the first time I heard a big symphony orchestra at about the age of six.
I have always loved making music. It draws people together and it has a tremendously healing quality.
This isn’t about how brilliantly someone plays or sings but is far more about sharing and participating in something you can be really enthusiastic about.
I believe there is great scope for the development of music as therapy in a host of different settings: older people in care homes, children with autistic disorders, those with physical disabilities such as reduced vision and the increasing number of people suffering from mental illness.