Jackie has represented Dumbarton Constituency since 1999 when the Parliament was first created. Prior to this she worked both in the public and voluntary sector most recently as a Community Economic Development Manager for a local authority. Born in Hong Kong to a Portuguese father and Scottish mother, Jackie has one daughter and lives in Dumbarton.
Jackie was delighted to claim a sixth historic election win in a row in 2021, increasing her majority over the SNP in second place.
It is the latest victory in a long and varied time spent representing the people of Dumbarton, the Vale, Balloch, Helensburgh and Lomond and cemented her place as one of the longest-serving Members of the Scottish Parliament.
Following the inception of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, she served as Deputy Minister for Communities under then First Minister Donald Dewar, before being promoted to Social Justice Minister.
After the May 2007 Scottish Parliament elections Jackie returned to Labour’s front benches as Shadow Minister for Parliamentary Business. In 2008 she was appointed to a newly created position as Labour’s Chief of Staff in the Scottish Parliament before becoming Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy in 2009.
Jackie has also since taken on roles as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Equalities and Welfare and spokesperson for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work. She was also the first woman to take on the role of Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance.
In 2020, she became Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour and is now health, social care and Covid recovery spokesperson, a vocal and passionate member of the senior leadership of the party in Scotland.
Jackie is determined to hold the Scottish Government to account to ensure communities including those in her own constituency across West Dunbartonshire, Helensburgh and Lomond flourish as the nation recovers from the pandemic.