Kate Forbes

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Kate Forbes

Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded by Dave Thompson
Majority 9,043 (24.8%)
Personal details
Born (1990-04-06) 6 April 1990 (age 29)
Dingwall, Scotland
Political party Scottish National Party
Alma mater Selwyn College, Cambridge
University of Edinburgh
Website kateforbes.scot

Kate Elizabeth Forbes (born 6 April 1990) is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of the Scottish Parliament for the constituency of Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, since 2016.[1]

Early life and education

Forbes was born in Dingwall.[2] Growing up, she spent three years in India, then was taught in a Scottish Gaelic school.[3] She returned to India at the age of 10 and lived there until she was 15, with her father involved in providing healthcare to people who could not afford it.[2] She returned to Glasgow, Scotland and finished her schooling at Dingwall Academy. She read history at Selwyn College, Cambridge, graduating with a BA in 2011.[2][4] She then studied at the University of Edinburgh, gaining an MSc in Diaspora and Migration History in 2013.[2]

Political career

In August 2015, Forbes was selected from an all-women shortlist by local SNP members as their candidate for the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch held by Dave Thompson who would not be standing at the next election.[5] She was part of an SNP campaign to address the gender pay gap around employment in the Highlands.[6]

She was elected in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[7]

She chairs the Scottish Parliament's cross-party group in Gaelic and has spoken in favour of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status as a possible way to protect the language.[8] In March 2018, she delivered an entire speech to the Parliament in Gaelic during a plenary debate on the language.[9]

On 27 June 2018, she was appointed to the Scottish Government as Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, as part of a wider reshuffle announced by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.


  1. ^ "Current MSPs: Kate Forbes: Personal Information". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Political class". Edit magazine. University of Edinburgh. 27 June 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ Freeman, Tom (28 May 2018). "Getting to know you: Kate Forbes". Holyrood. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Katie Forbes gets SNP nod in bid to succeed Dave Thompson as MSP". inverness Courier. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Katie Forbes gets SNP nod in bid to succeed Dave Thompson as MSP". The Inverness Courier. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  6. ^ Burns, Janice (22 February 2016). "SNP launches campaign to plug pay gap in rural areas". The National. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Election 2016: Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  8. ^ King, Diane (20 July 2017). "Calls to boost Gaelic language with Unesco status". The Scotsman. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  9. ^ Webster, Catriona (29 March 2018). "SNP MSP delivers entire Holyrood speech in Gaelic". The Scotsman. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

External links

  • profile on Scottish Parliament website
  • profile on SNP website
  • personal website
Parliament of Scotland
Preceded by
Dave Thompson
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch

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