Interview in person in studio, Friday 16 August. 11.30 am. ✅
Born in Edinburgh, Patrick was brought up in Inverness – educated at Inverness Royal Academy, then University of Strathclyde, where he was Students’ Union President. Between 2011 and 2015, he worked as an advocacy manager for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund, and has also lived and worked in London and Malawi.
Joined the Scottish National Party in 1997, aged seventeen, stood at the 2010 general election as the SNP candidate for Glasgow North. In 2012, elected as National Secretary of the SNP until he stood down in 2016. He headed the “Yes” campaign in the Kelvin area of Glasgow during the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.
After being elected to the House of Commons, appointed as SNP Westminster Spokesperson on International Development and was a member of the House of Commons Procedure Committee. Like several SNP MPs and MSPs, he also holds membership of Plaid Cymru, although this has no formal effect in the House of Commons. After the 2017 election, appointed as Chief Whip of the SNP Westminster Group. Member of Glasgow Kelvin branch of the SNP.