Carol was born and brought up in Glasgow North West, graduating from Strathclyde University with a BSc (Hons) in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics in 1993. She trained as a teacher, gaining a PGCE in Physics and Mathematics.
Carol has worked in many Glasgow comprehensive schools, including 14 years at Hyndland Secondary, as Head of Physics and Head of Science. She spent two years as a Glasgow University lecturer training future teachers. An SQA consultant, Carol has been involved in developing physics qualifications at a national level.
A mother of two school-age children and a third at university, Carol is proud to be part of the changing face of politics and understands that people need elected representatives who appreciate the challenges of daily life.
Carol was elected in the 2015 General Election, re-elected in the 2017 General Election with the highest majority in Glasgow, and once again at the 2019 General Election where the SNP won all seven seats in the city.
Carol currently serves as the SNP’s Westminster spokesperson for Education, Armed Forces and Veterans, challenging the UK government to lift the public sector pay freeze which has seen Armed Forces personnel take a real terms wage cut, and calling for an armed forces representative body on a statutory footing to properly support service personnel and veterans.
Carol has also led the campaign in the UK Parliament to change attitudes towards Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), leading two landmark debates on the research and treatment on the condition and on the controversial PACE trial. Carol continues to press for a full debate in the House of Commons.
Carol also serves as the only Scottish MP on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.
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You can read Carol’s most recent appearances in the House of Commons below:
- Carol Monaghan: One of the difficulties is that only a very small proportion of benefits—about 15%—have been devolved to the Scottish Government. With the situation that the hon. Gentleman is talking about, all benefits would need to be devolved so that they could be properly administered.
- Carol Monaghan: In this Queen’s Speech, I would have expected to see some radical interventions that are urgently needed to tackle the cost of living crisis, to tackle climate change and to properly support our elderly community, including elderly veterans, but there is a real lack of ambition in the speech, and this Government have […]
- Carol Monaghan: I would love to do that, but more than that, I look forward to the cooking book from the hon. Member for Ashfield, because I am sure that will be a really popular volume. I will even buy some copies for my own food bank if we think we can be making meals […]
- Carol Monaghan: Madam Deputy Speaker, I have not. I was not making a point of order; I was referring to something that was said in a debate and has been said in the press. The chef, Gareth Mason, said: “I’ve come to the conclusion it’s a load of rubbish. These meals I’ve done, as soon […]
- Carol Monaghan: It is important that the Minister has condemned this killing this afternoon and I thank her for doing so several times. Many of us are puzzled by her reluctance to summon the Israeli ambassador; that seems like the first step that should have been taken. Will the Government now commit to supporting the […]