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Find out more about Monica

Monica has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament representing the Central Scotland region since May 2016

She is Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. Prior to becoming an MSP, Monica was a local councillor, representing the Hamilton North and East ward.

Monica is from Blantyre and is a former pupil of St Blane’s Primary, St John Ogilvie High School and a graduate of the University of Strathclyde. She is a chartered town planner and worked in local and central government and the private sector before joining frontline politics.

Her planning expertise has come in handy, most recently in Whitehill and surrounding areas in the campaign against an incinerator. And her experience is being used to champion the voices of communities and young people in particular, as the Depute Convenor of the Local Government and Communities Committee, which is tasked with scrutinising the Scottish Government’s proposed new planning legislation.

In parliament Monica’s campaigns include proposals to make Scotland the first country in the world to provide free access to sanitary products in a bid to ending period poverty and she has drawn on family experience to fight for better support for those affected by problem drinking. She is the Convenor of the Parliament’s Cross-Party Groups on Drug and Alcohol Misuse, Women’s Health and Construction.

Monica’s work in Parliament on behalf of her constituents hasn’t gone unnoticed. In a competitive field of over 50 new MSPs in 2016, she is the winner of the ‘One to Watch’ and ‘New MSP of the Year’ awards 2017/18.

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Monica Lennon
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland
(Scottish Labour)

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