Joanna Cherry


Joanna Cherry was elected SNP MP for Edinburgh South West on May 7th 2015 with 22168 votes, taking 43.0% of the vote.

Joanna is the SNP Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson in the House of Commons. She served as a Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government from 2003 to 2008, and as an Advocate Depute and Senior Advocate Depute from 2008 until 2011. She was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2009 and was an advocate with the Arnot Manderson stable within the Faculty of Advocates until her election to parliament. During the 2014 Scottish Referendum, Joanna set up the “Lawyers for Yes” campaign group.

Joanna studied at St Margaret’s Convent School in Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, where she gained a first-class Bachelor of Laws Honours degree in 1988, a Master of Laws degree in 1989 and a Diploma in Legal Practice in 1990.

Constituency: Edinburgh South West

Date of Birth: 18 March 1966


Party: SNP

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