Lord McAvoy

Labour and Co-operative Member of the House of Lords

A former engineering storeman, the Rt Hon Tommy McAvoy was elected MP for Glasgow Rutherglen in 1987 and served as Member of Parliament until 2010, latterly for Rutherglen and Hamilton West. He was appointed Government Pairing Whip in 1997, and was a Whip for all 13 years of the Labour Government, including as Deputy Chief Whip.

Before becoming an MP, in 1982 Tommy was the first ever Co-operative Party Strathclyde Regional Councillor.

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  • Twigg to Education, Thomas now Shadow Minister for Co-ops (10 Oct 2011)
    Several Co-operative MPs, including some elected to Parliament in 2010, have featured prominently in Ed Miliband’s reshuffle of the shadow frontbench team over the weekend. Joining Ed Balls MP and Lord Steve Bassam in Shadow Cabinet will be Stephen Twigg, Labour & Co-operative MP for Liverpool West Derby since 2010 and now Shadow Education Secretary. […]
  • Northern Ireland: Haass Talks — Question for Short Debate (22 Oct 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in paying tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, not only for securing this debate tonight but for his long, positive involvement in Northern Ireland, to which many colleagues have referred. He has a reputation and is extremely well thought of. Northern Ireland has in recent years made great progress. Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness must be complimented...
  • Scotland: Devolution Commission — Question (22 Oct 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, as the Minister said, we should not second-guess the Smith commission. The details will come. However, does he agree that all parties must enter the process in good faith and want a conclusion to the process that respects the result of the referendum, which was decisive, and is in the best interest of the people of Scotland?
  • Social Justice Strategy — Motion to Take Note (16 Oct 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: I am grateful for those partial answers. I thought that I had finished speaking, but I am more than happy to take another couple of minutes. I am grateful for the limited response so far, but that does not explain why the noble Lord, Lord Freud, is not here. I ask again for a full and concise-if that is possible-explanation as to why he is not here.
  • Scotland within the United Kingdom — Statement (13 Oct 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Opposition, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement and I record our gratitude to the Government for making copies of it available to us in advance. Just over three weeks ago, in unprecedented numbers, the people of Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. This was an historic decision. The result was emphatically clear and...
  • Written Answers — House of Lords: Parliamentary Information and Communications Technology Service (26 Sep 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask the Chairman of Committees how many staff are employed by PICT in each senior pay band; and what has been the average yearly increase in salary for each band in each of the last five years.
  • Universal Credit — Question (30 Jul 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to increase transparency and openness in the implementation of universal credit.
  • Hallett Review — Statement (17 Jul 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. I endorse her initial comments about our thoughts today being with the relatives and friends of the soldiers who lost their lives in Hyde Park. The suffering of those families, as with the families of other victims of terrorism, will go on for who knows how long. Her Majesty’s Opposition welcome Lady Justice Hallett’s...
  • Northern Ireland: National Crime Agency — Question (16 Jul 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, this is no nationalist versus unionist argument; clearly it is about the national interest. The non-involvement of the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland was highlighted the other day when a Treasury Minister, from that Dispatch Box, indicated that HMRC was having difficulty in collecting taxes, VAT and so on. Despite the mention of the Sewel convention and the Justice...
  • Written Answers — House of Lords: Constitutions: Scotland (8 Jul 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, with regard to an interim constitution for Scotland; and what was the outcome of any discussions that took place.
  • Scotland: Independence — Motion to Take Note (24 Jun 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Lang of Monkton, and the members of his committee for producing the report and for the masterly way in which it was introduced. It cleared the decks for rational discussion, and I am sure that the whole House is grateful to him and his committee. We stand here today in the midst of an historic debate on an historic issue-an issue that...