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. […]
  • 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...
  • Personal Independence Payment — Question (24 Jun 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to tackle delays in personal independence payment assessments.
  • EU: Youth Unemployment (EUC Report): Motion to Take Note (17 Jun 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I would like to associate the Opposition Front Bench with the tributes paid to the noble Baroness, Lady O’Cathain, to all the members of the sub-committee and to the staff who supported the members in producing the report. Youth unemployment is certainly a grave issue that confronts the entire nation. This report should remind the coalition Government of their obligations to...
  • Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) (Continued) (11 Jun 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I welcome the commitment in the gracious Speech that the Government will continue to, “make the case for Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom”. As we all know, in less than 100 days’ time Scots will vote in a referendum on independence. All Westminster parties are committed to reform of the devolution settlement. All are committed to reforming the union...
  • Housing: Discretionary Housing Payment — Question (9 Apr 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of discretionary housing payment available to local authorities.
  • Northern Ireland: On-the-runs — Question (8 Apr 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, we should never forget those members of our Armed Forces who lost their lives in the Hyde Park bombing, their families and all victims of the other atrocities associated with the Troubles in Northern Ireland. As part of a complex process that made peace and stability in Northern Ireland possible, the previous Labour Government issued on-the-run letters to people who had reason to...