David Linden was born in Glasgow on 14th May 1990.
The son of two Blochairn fruit market workers, David grew up in Cranhill and Garrowhill, attending Milncroft & Garrowhill Primary Schools before studying at Bannerman High, from which he went onto complete an apprenticeship at Glasgow City Council.
Prior to being elected as a Member of Parliament, David spent nine years working for the Scottish National Party in Westminster, Holyrood & Brussels where he built up a wealth of experience in campaigns, policy and dealing with the media. He also spent two years working at Glasgow Credit Union, during which time he completed a qualification in Business Administration.
In Parliament, David is the SNP’s Spokesperson for Work and Pensions. He is an active parliamentarian, regularly questioning Government Ministers and taking part in parliamentary debates. His main policy interests focus on social security, housing, immigration, international relations and neonatal care. He chairs the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Premature & Sick Babies, as well as the APPG on Nutrition for Growth.
David was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Glasgow East in June 2017 and was then re-elected by his constituents with an increased majority in December 2019.
Outside of Westminster, David is proud to be father to two small children who he enjoys spending his weekends with when he’s back home in Glasgow. He is a keen angler and is also a season ticket holder at Airdrieonians Football Club.
A high resolution copy of David Linden's official parliamentary portrait can be downloaded from the UK Parliament website. The image (cropped version shown above) is released under an Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence.