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. […]
  • Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (8 Jan 2015)
    Impact of shared space crossings on the safety of people with a disability – Lord McAvoy. Oral Questions
  • Written Answers — House of Lords: Personal Income (16 Dec 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by the London School of Economics and the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex on changes to benefits, income tax and income distribution.
  • Northern Ireland: Talks Process — Statement (15 Dec 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I am grateful-as I am sure the whole House is-to the noble Baroness for repeating this Statement made first in the House of Commons. There has always been a broad consensus among the parties, although we have expressed in minor and quite mild terms our concerns about the lack of proper engagement by the Government since 2010. Does the Minister understand the...
  • Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Poverty (8 Dec 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by Lord Freud in the Grand Committee debate on the Child Poverty Act 2010 (Persistent Poverty Targets) Regulations 2014, that the facts Lord McAvoy had quoted were “simply not true” (HL Deb, 25 November, col GC 263), how they were not true.
  • Scotland: Smith Commission — Statement (27 Nov 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I thank the Minister for advance sight of the Statement and join him and the Secretary of State in thanking the noble Lord, Lord Smith of Kelvin, for his work and for this report. I pay tribute to the right honourable member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, whose proposals during the referendum set us on the way to delivering this historic agreement. Anyone who witnessed the towering...
  • Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, to follow up on that issue, will the Minister indicate how much consideration was given to noble Lords who do not stay in London? If no consideration was given to the inconvenience, extra travel time and all the rest of it for anyone who does not stay in London, that would only confirm the trend towards this place becoming a metropolitan House rather than a House of the United Kingdom.
  • Work Capability Assessment — Question (5 Nov 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were awaiting a Work Capability Assessment on the latest date for which figures are available.
  • Northern Ireland: National Crime Agency — Question (4 Nov 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, with no disrespect to the Minister, we have heard before stories about it happening soon and all the rest of it. We have repeatedly asked for the Secretary of State to get involved, which would show the urgency of the situation. The security of the people of Northern Ireland is continually put at risk by the absence of participation in the National Crime Agency’s operations....
  • Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 Oct 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, this has been a powerful debate, with some very powerful speeches made by some very powerful speakers. It would take me too long to go through every single one of them but particular mention must be made of the former Secretaries of State for Scotland, my noble friend Lady Liddell of Coatdyke and the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, as well as of the noble Lord, Lord Lang of...
  • Unemployment: Young People — Question (28 Oct 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, youth unemployment is still extremely high, as mentioned by the noble Lord who put the Question. Can the Minister say what further things the Government are going to do to reduce youth unemployment? Will the Government, for instance, commit themselves to matching Labour’s commitment to guarantee a paid job for every young person who has been claiming jobseeker’s...