Alison Thewliss MP has joined the board of the John Smith Centre. Alison was elected as the MP for Glasgow Central in May 2015 and was re-elected in 2017 and 2019. Alison is currently the SNP Spokesperson for Home Affairs.

Alison is interested in issues around immigration and economic justice, particularly for women. She has also been a vocal advocate for changes to drug policy in the UK and is well known for her high profile campaign on the scrapping the two-child limit on Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits.  She is the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Infant Feeding and Inequalities, the APPG on Immigration Detention and the APPG for Working at Height.  Prior to her election as an MP, she served as a Glasgow City Councillor.  Alison lives in Glasgow with her husband and two children.

Catherine Smith KC, Board Chair, said: “We are delighted Alison has agreed to join the board of the John Smith Centre. Alison brings a wealth of talent and experience, and we look forward to working with her to continue our mission to make the positive case for politics and public service.”

In this clip from Politics Live on February 22 2023, Alison describes how the brutality of politics has got worse, particularly for women.