Neil was elected as the MP for Airdrie & Shotts in May 2015 with a majority of 8779. He currently sits on the House of Commons Finance Committee, the Joint Committee on the Restoration of the Palace of Westminster and is the SNP Spokesperson for Fair Work and Employment. Neil is a member of the SNP Westminster Social Justice team, led by Eilidh Whiteford MP, and is Secretary to the APPG on Poverty.
Neil was born and brought up in the Orkney Isles. He moved to the central belt when attending Stirling University from 2004, where he gained a first class degree in Politics and Journalism.
Neil worked as journalist for the BBC and local newspaper titles before moving to the SNP’s press and research office in Holyrood.
Neil was employed by Alex Neil MSP in his constituency office in August 2008 and became his office manager in 2011.
Outside of politics Neil was a keen athlete – representing Scotland at 400m – until a serious knee injury ended his career. More recently Neil has run long distance events – completing an ultra marathon in 2013.
Neil is married with a baby daughter.