Former Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South
Dame Anne Begg was a secondary school teacher then head of English in Angus schools before serving as the MP for Aberdeen South from 1997 until 2015.
Dame Anne has the rare genetic condition, Gaucher’s disease. She was 1988’s Disabled Scot of the Year, the first permanent wheelchair user to be elected to the Commons since 1880 and was awarded a DBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for services to equal opportunities and disabled people. In Parliament, Dame Anne served on the Work and Pensions Select Committee which she chaired from 2010-15 during a time of unprecedented welfare and pension’s reform. She was the de-facto chair of the Speaker’s Conference on Political Representation which reported in 2010. She is now a Council member of the SSSC, Patron of a number of charities and has just been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Aberdeen University.