Angus Brendan MacNeil was born and brought up in Tangasdale, on the Isle of Barra. He was educated at Castlebay School Isle of Barra; The Nicolson Institute, Isle of Lewis, Strathclyde University and Jordanhill, Glasgow.
After working as a journalist with the BBC, he taught for two years in Salen, Isle of Mull, where he started the Gaelic Medium Unit before moving to Fort William. Angus Brendan lives on his croft in Barra and has three daughters. He is an active crofter and enjoys fishing and football.
Angus Brendan was elected MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar in 2005 and he has a high profile throughout his constituency. The main islands in the constituency, which is the length of Wales, include Lewis and Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra.
Over the last Parliament Angus Brendan has successfully fought for his constituents on issues as varied as coastguards, fishing, fuel and mobile phone connectivity. In 2015 he was elected Chair of the influential Energy & Climate Committee until its dissolution in July 2016. In 2016 he was elected as the first ever Chair of the International Trade Committee.