Carol Monaghan

Carol Monaghan (born 2 August 1972) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow North West in the general election in May 2015.[1] She is the SNP Education, Armed Forces and Veterans spokesperson in the House of Commons.

Carol Monaghan
SNP Education, Armed Forces and Veterans Spokesperson
Assumed office
20 June 2017
Preceded byPosition established
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North West
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byJohn Robertson
Majority8,359 (21.0%)
Personal details
Born (1972-08-02) 2 August 1972
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party
Spouse(s)Feargal Dalton
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde


Monaghan studied at Strathclyde University, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics in 1993.[2]


Monaghan had formerly been a physics teacher and head of science at Hyndland Secondary School but left the post to concentrate on campaigning before the 2015 general election.[3][4]

Following the 2017 general election, Monaghan was appointed the SNP’s Westminster Spokesperson for Education, Armed Forces and Veterans. Monaghan has campaigned for an armed forces representative body on a statutory footing.[5][6]

Monaghan has campaigned on the issue of research, treatment and attitudes towards myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), leading two Westminster Hall debates in 2018, and a full debate in the House of Commons in 2019.[7]

Monaghan is the only Scottish MP on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

Personal life

Monaghan is married to Glasgow City SNP councillor and physics teacher Feargal Dalton, and they have two daughters and a son from a previous partner.[3][8] She is a practising Roman Catholic.[9]


  1. "Carol Monaghan". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. "Strathclyde University (From the archive)". The Herald. Newsquest. 7 July 1993. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  3. Burns, Janice (13 May 2015). "Meet your new Scottish MPs: #2 Carol Monaghan, Glasgow North West". The National. Newsquest. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  4. Paterson, Stewart; Rodger, Hannah (8 May 2015). "SNP storm to victory in Glasgow". Evening Times. Newsquest. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  5. Monaghan, Carol (25 June 2018). "Ministers must commit to bold action on the Armed Forces - not empty rhetoric". The House. Dods. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  6. Monaghan, Carol (18 August 2017). "UK Government should establish a statutory armed forces representative body". Holyrood. Dods. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  7. Ives, Laurel (25 June 2018). "MP Carol Monaghan leads campaign for new ME treatment". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  8. Braiden, Gerry (29 April 2015). "Constituency profile: Glasgow North West". The Herald. Newsquest. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  9. Harkins, Daniel (2 March 2017). "Scottish Catholic MP happy to wear ashes in Parliament". Scottish Catholic Observer. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Robertson
Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West
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