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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. […]
  • Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: I thank the Minister for his response. However, I have struggled a wee bit to align some of the comments made by the Minister and by his loyal and noble friend Lord German. We have been accused of saying that bigger is beautiful, but no, we did not, and of saying that bigger is best, but no, we have not said that. The Minister has used the word “sledgehammer” to describe this...
  • Northern Ireland: On-the-Runs Scheme — Statement (27 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Secretary of State’s Statement in the House of Commons. The revelation yesterday regarding the collapse of the inquest into the murder of Gareth O’Connor has caused further justifiable concern and anxiety in Northern Ireland. Our thoughts today must and should be with the O’Connor family. Like so many of those left behind,...
  • Pension Schemes Bill: Report (27 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: I thank the Minister for giving way. The Minister has raised some objections that are less extreme than those of the noble Lord, Lord German-so there is a difference in fairness here. Our new Clause 13 was initially a response to the problem of having so many trustees. Let us not forget this direct quote from my honourable friend Gregg McClymont: “Our new clause 13 would initiate...
  • Scotland: Draft Legislation — Statement (22 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I thank the Minister for advance sight of his Statement. Today we again mark another milestone in the delivery of the vow made to the people of Scotland before the independence referendum. The timetable set out by my right honourable friend the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath during the referendum campaign has now been exceeded at every stage. A Command Paper on the process...
  • Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (12 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his exposition. Somebody must have told him about my Irish grandparents. That is the other side of my Celtic tradition. We accept that these are minor and technical amendments and have no objections to them, with the usual proviso. Amendment 106 agreed. Amendments 107 and 108 Moved by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth 107: Clause 80, page 45, line 7, after...
  • Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (12 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, a large number of government amendments have been tabled for today’s business. The impression given is of last-minute thoughts responding to last-minute contributions and suggestions. If the Government had been doing their groundwork properly, they would not have had to respond to such issues by moving the amendments. I thank the Minister for doing his best to explain the...
  • Transport: Shared Space Crossings — Question (8 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of shared space crossings on the safety of blind and partially sighted people and other people with a disability.
  • Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (7 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, we have tabled a clause stand part debate to scrutinise the rationale behind Clause 44 and the likely cost savings estimated by the department. First, can the Minister provide a few examples-or even one example-of how the process for selecting trustees under Section 7 of the 1995 Act operates? It is my understanding that following the removal of the requirement to...
  • Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (1st Day) (7 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, Clause 25 gives the Secretary of State the power to require the trustees or managers of a pension scheme to have a policy concerning the cash equivalent of a pension within a collective scheme. It also requires the trustees or managers to consult on the matters and principles they need to follow when calculating and verifying the cash equivalent of a pension in a CDC scheme. This...
  • Stormont House Agreement — Statement (7 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, first, I thank the Government for making advance sight of the Secretary of State’s Statement available to us. Her Majesty’s Opposition welcome many aspects of the agreement that the Minister has outlined to the House. It is not perfect, but it is a genuine advance on the stalemate of the past two years. We congratulate the Secretary of State, the Parliamentary...