Joanna Cherry

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Joanna Cherry
Joanna Cherry (born 1966) is a lawyer and SNP politician.

She studied law at Edinburgh University and worked as a solicitor before being admitted as an advocate (the Scottish equivalent of a barrister). She was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2009[1]

She was elected MP for Edinburgh South West at the general election in 2015.

Cherry is a lesbian and was included in the Independent on Sunday's photograph of 28 LGBT MPs and peers.

"The Edinburgh QC is considered one of the true stars of the SNP’s 50 new MPs, having set up the “Lawyers for Yes” pro-independence group."[2]

Cherry has been very critical of her party policy on self identification for transgender people.


  1. "Twelve new Queen's Counsel appointed" The Journal, Law Society of Scotland, 14 September 2009
  2. Mark Leftly, "Gay MPs: The photograph that shows Westminster's attitude towards LGBT politicians is changing", 20 February 2016