Robertson in 2014
|Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party|
13 October 2016 - 3 February 2018
|Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons|
23 May 2007 - 8 June 2017
|SNP Spokesperson for Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs|
May 2001 - March 2015
|Brendan O'Hara (Defence)|
Alex Salmond (International Affairs and Europe)
|SNP Spokesperson for Europe and the Office of Deputy Prime Minister|
|Stephen Gethins (Europe)|
|Member of Parliament|
7 June 2001 - 3 May 2017
Angus Struan Carolus Robertson
28 September 1969
London, England, UK
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
Jennifer Dempsie (m. 2016)
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
Angus Struan Carolus Robertson (born 28 September 1969) is a former Scottish politician who was the Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and was the party's spokesperson on the Constitution in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2001. In 2017, he sought re-election as the MP for Moray and lost to Scottish Conservative candidate Douglas Ross.
A graduate of the University of Aberdeen, Robertson previously worked as a journalist. He resigned his position as SNP depute leader in February 2018, before launching the pro-independence think tank Progress Scotland in 2019, alongside Mark Diffney.
Robertson was born in Wimbledon, London, to a Scottish father, Struan, who was an engineer, and a German mother, Anna, who was a nurse. Robertson was brought up in Edinburgh and speaks fluent German. He was educated at Broughton High School, Edinburgh and the University of Aberdeen, where he graduated in 1991 with an MA Honours degree in politics and international relations. After university he embarked on a journalistic career, and worked as a foreign and diplomatic correspondent in Central Europe for the BBC World Service, and then for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF.
Before his election to the UK House of Commons in June 2001, he was the European and International Affairs Adviser to the SNP Group in the Scottish Parliament. During his first parliamentary session, Robertson was Scotland's youngest MP and was rated Scotland's "hardest working MP" according to statistics from the House of Commons. He served as the SNP's spokesman on Defence and International Relations, and was well above average amongst MPs in the number of contributions he made in the House of Commons. Robertson provided Swiss Senator Dick Marty a report containing what he calls 'a detailed report of numerous suspect movements of aircraft transiting through Scotland.
Robertson's main political interests are Scottish independence, international and European affairs, defence, sustainable development and youth issues. In May 2007, he became SNP Leader in the House of Commons, following Alex Salmond's election as First Minister of Scotland. Following the 2015 general election and the election of Salmond as MP for Gordon, it was confirmed that he would continue in his role as leader in the Commons. In September 2015, he was appointed to the Privy Council and as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.
In January 2016, Robertson said that British Prime Minister David Cameron should admit to British involvement in Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen: "Isn't it time for the Prime Minister to admit that Britain is effectively taking part in a war in Yemen that is costing thousands of civilians lives and he has not sought parliamentary approval to do this?"
On 13 October 2016, he was elected Depute Leader of the SNP, replacing Stewart Hosie. Robertson received 52.5% of the votes, defeating Tommy Sheppard (25.5%), Alyn Smith (18.6%) and Chris McEleny (3.3%) in the election. He resigned in February 2018.
He lost his parliamentary seat to the Conservatives in 2017.
In 2015, The Daily Telegraph reported that Robertson's second home expenses had included a television costing £1,119, a £400 home cinema system, £500 for a bed, £20 for a corkscrew and £2,324 for a sofa bed. The home cinema system was initially denied by the expenses office; however, Robertson appealed this decision and it was subsequently awarded.
Robertson's wife, Jennifer Dempsie, is a former advisor to Alex Salmond. Dempsie campaigned to inherit Salmond's Scottish Parliament seat in Aberdeenshire East but withdrew to focus on her business career.
In August 2016, he was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Austrian Republic.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament
|Party political offices|
| Leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons
| Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party