17 Facts About Annabel Goldie


Annabel Goldie was a Member of the Scottish Parliament, as one of the additional members for the West Scotland region, from 1999 to 2016.


Annabel MacNicoll Goldie was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Kilmacolm and Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire.


Annabel Goldie was elected to the Scottish Parliament in the 1999 election as a regional member for the West of Scotland electoral region.


Annabel Goldie has retained this seat in the 2003,2007 and 2011 elections.


Annabel Goldie became leader of the Scottish Conservatives in 2005 until standing down in 2011.


West Renfrewshire was abolished at the 2011 election, with Annabel Goldie unsuccessfully contending the new Renfrewshire North and West constituency.


On 31 October 2005, Annabel Goldie became acting leader after David McLetchie resigned as leader of the Scottish Conservatives following adverse publicity created by the publishing of details of expenses he claimed for taxi journeys.

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At her first party conference in March 2006, Annabel Goldie set out her plans to make the Scottish Conservatives the "principal party of opposition in Scotland".


Annabel Goldie won praise for her leadership of the party into the 2007 Scottish Parliament election and personally as a skilled debater, and was labelled a "much-liked public figure".


On 9 May 2011, Annabel Goldie stated her intention to resign as leader of the Scottish Conservatives, citing her party's disappointing election result; she stood down on 4 November following the election of Ruth Davidson as her successor.


Annabel Goldie later served as the party's culture and communities and served as the party's constitutional spokesperson during the 2014 Scottish referendum and stood down from the Parliament at the 2016 election.


Annabel Goldie was put on the 2013 list as a Conservative working peer in the House of Lords and was created a life peer on 3 October 2013, taking the title Baroness Annabel Goldie, of Bishopton in the County of Renfrewshire.


Annabel Goldie was promoted in July 2019 to Minister of State for Defence.


Annabel Goldie was later reappointed by Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak respectively.


Annabel Goldie has identified the need for the armed forces to address climate change, and to improve the experience of women in the forces, as among her priorities.


Annabel Goldie is an Elder in the Church of Scotland, and sits on the West of Scotland Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.


Annabel Goldie is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Renfrewshire.