Dame Anne Begg
We are delighted to have Dame Anne Begg as our Patron. After teaching English in Angus schools for 19 years, Dame Anne served as the Labour MP for Aberdeen South from 1997 to 2015. During her time in Parliament she chaired a number of important committees including the Work and Pensions Select Committee. She is the only permanent wheelchair user to be elected to Parliament since 1880. Her work promoting equal opportunities including those of disabled people was recognised in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List when she was awarded a DBE. Among her many other activities, Dame Anne is now a Council member of the Scottish Social Services Council and the Patron of Cornerstone, a community care charity.
Whilst an MP, Dame Anne attended several Pushing Out the Boat launches and was delighted to present prizes to and encourage our young contributors. This she continues as our popular Patron. As a teacher she promoted the use of Scots dialects so is very keen to see more contributions in the Doric.