Joanna Cherry

Edinburgh South West

Joanna Cherry QC MP is the Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson for the SNP at Westminster.

Joanna is a member of the Exiting EU Select Committee in the House of Commons and the Joint Committee on Human Rights. She has been a leading voice in the campaign to keep the Human Rights Act and to stay in the European Convention on Human Rights. Her maiden speech was devoted to the importance of human rights and was quoted by Shami Chakrabarti, the former director of Liberty, in the introduction to the paperback edition of her book ‘On Liberty’.

Before entering Parliament, Joanna had been in practice as an Advocate for 20 years. She became a QC in 2009 and is ranked by the Legal 500 as one of the leading QCs in Scotland. She previously held the offices of Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government and Advocate Depute and was one of the first specialist sex crimes prosecutors in the Crown Office’s pioneering National Sex Crimes Unit. She has appeared at the UK Supreme Court on a number of occasions, including twice on behalf of the Lord Advocate. She co-authored the textbook ‘Mental Health & Scots Law in Practice’.

Joanna has been a member of the SNP since 2008 and has long supported independence and home rule. During the Referendum she co-founded and led “Lawyers for Yes”, a group of around 200 lawyers who had a high profile during the campaign and promoted the desirability of continuing EU membership for an independent Scotland.