Stuart McDonald is the SNP Candidate for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East. He is the SNP Spokesperson on Immigration, Asylum and Border Control and he served on the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Stuart grew up in the constituency, in Milton of Campsie, and went to school at Craighead Primary and Kilsyth Academy. He then studied law at Edinburgh University and trained and worked in the legal profession for eight years both in the capital and in Glasgow: first in private practice, then with the NHS and finally in the third sector as a human rights solicitor.
In 2009, Stuart made the switch into politics taking up research posts with Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP and then Jim Eadie MSP at the Scottish Parliament. This lead on to the role of head of information at Yes Scotland during the referendum campaign. Finally, Stuart worked for the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights as Parliamentary and Public Affairs Officer.
Stuart continues to live in his constituency, is an amateur football fan and enjoys keeping fit.