About Amy

Amy Callaghan is the Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire.
 

Amy was born on 21st May 1992 and was brought up and educated in Clydebank. After completing her secondary education, she went on to gain a B.A Honours in Politics at the University of Strathclyde. Graduating in 2015.

Prior to entering politics, Amy had jobs in retail, as a bar-tender, waitress and as a carer in the community.
 

In 2015 she began her work with the SNP as a Parliamentary Assistant in the Scottish Parliament for the former Scottish Government Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Aileen McLeod MSP.
 

Amy then spent four years as Office Manager to Rona Mackay MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, where she gained a wealth of experience in policy and campaigns and developed considerable knowledge of the issues facing residents in East Dunbartonshire.
 

During this time Amy was a volunteer Children’s Panel Member for three years which fuelled her desire to see significant changes in policy, particularly around social security and austerity measures driven by the UK Government.
 

From being diagnosed with cancer as a teenager back in 2012, Amy has dedicated significant time to volunteering both for fundraising and for research for Teenage Cancer Trust. In 2018, Amy worked on a collaborative project with Teenage Cancer Trust, CLIC Sargent and Children with Cancer UK to produce a research paper which was published in the British Medical Journal. The paper was developed to give medical professionals insight and an understanding of the damage cancer does to patients’ mental health from diagnosis, to during and after treatment.
 

Amy was elected as Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire in December 2019.


Her main political intertest focus around the rights of children and young people particularly those with cancer, self-determination for Scotland, reworking the UK benefits system to suit the needs of the people of Scotland (whilst we remain part of the UK). She chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Children, Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer.

 

Outside of politics, Amy is happiest spending time with family and is a proud dog mum to Alfie.

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