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 Portugese father and Scottish mother, Jackie has one daughter and lives in Dumbarton.
In the past, Jackie served as Deputy Minister for Communities under the then First Minister Donald Dewar from 1999 until 2000, before being promoted to Social Justice Minister from 2000 until November 2001.
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. Following that, Jackie served as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Equalities and Welfare until 2014. Jackie is currently Scottish Labour’s Spokesperson for Public Services and Wealth Creation.
Jackie is committed to tackling poverty and achieving social justice so that we can live in a society which is founded on fairness and justice; a society characterised by opportunity. This commitment is what motivates her in representing her constituents in Parliament.