Neil Findlay was born in 1969, the son of a bricklayer and primary school teacher. Brought up in the working class village of Fauldhouse in West Lothian, he left school at 16 and followed his father as a bricklayer. He became interested in politics watching the miner’s strike unfold all around him. Neil became active in the local Labour party and struck up a great friendship with Tam Dalyell MP. He later returned to education via evening class and eventually went to university, after which he worked in social housing before becoming a school teacher. He served as a West Lothian Councillor for 9 years before being elected to the Scottish parliament in 2011. He then served in various front bench posts and contested the Scottish Labour leadership election in 2015. He was the Scottish campaign manager for Jeremy Corbyn’s two leadership elections and is the current chair of the Scottish Parliaments health and sport committee, as well as a member of the EIS and UNITE trade unions. He enjoy fishing, golf, gardening and going for a pint.