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 Brandan lives on the family croft with his wife Jane and their three daughters. He is an active crofter and enjoys fishing and football.
Angus Brendan MacNeil 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 Brandan has successfully fought for his constituents on issues as varied as coastguards, fishing, fuel and mobile phone connectivity.