Annie Wells (politician)

Carol Ann "Annie" Wells (born 24 February 1972) is a Scottish Conservative Party politician. She has served as Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the Glasgow region since 2016.

Annie Wells

Wells in 2016
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party
Assumed office
14 February 2020
Serving with Liam Kerr
LeaderJackson Carlaw
Preceded byJackson Carlaw
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Personal details
Born (1972-02-24) 24 February 1972 (age 48)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyScottish Conservatives
OccupationFood retail manager

Early life and career

Hailing from Springburn, Wells worked as a retail manager for Marks & Spencer in various locations throughout Glasgow for the 12 years leading up to her election.[1][2]

Political career

Wells became involved in politics during the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum by joining the Better Together campaign and stood as the Scottish Conservative candidate in Glasgow North East in the 2015 general election, finishing third with 4.7% of the vote.[3] She also unsuccessfully contested the Glasgow Provan constituency at the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, finishing third with 8.6% of the vote, but was elected via the Glasgow regional list.[4][5]

Shortly after her election, Wells was made Scottish Conservative Spokesperson for Welfare Reform and Equalities.[6] She sits on the Equal Opportunities Committee of the Scottish Parliament.[7]

In late 2018, Wells was banned from Holyrood for leaking an embargoed committee report to the press. After a complaint was made that the MSP had "sought political advantage" by speaking out about prisoner voting before a report had been published, the parliament's standards committee unanimously ruled that Wells had breached the code of conduct for MSPs.[8]

Personal life

Wells is a single mother and identifies as a lesbian.[1][9]


  1. Rodger, Hannah (27 August 2015). "Conservatives are giving a voice to women". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. "Annie Wells MSP - MCNEILL & STONE". Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  3. "Glasgow North East parliamentary constituency - Election 2015 - BBC News". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  4. Brooks, Libby (2 May 2016). "Scottish elections: new faces of Holyrood 2016". Guardian.
  5. "Election 2016: Glasgow. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  6. "Scottish Conservative appointments for new parliamentary term". Scottish Conservative Party. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  7. "Membership". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  8. "Tory MSP Annie Wells faces week-long Holyrood ban over report leak". BBC. 1 November 2018.
  9. Allegretti, Aubrey (22 May 2016). "How Scotland Became The World Leader On Lesbian, Gay And Bisexual Representation". Huffington Post.