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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. […]
  • Northern Ireland (Welfare Reform) Bill — Second Reading (and remaining stages) (24 Nov 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, first, I pay tribute to the Minister, who has carried quite a heavy burden tonight. Quite a few of us have been here for the same length of time, but not carrying the same burden. He has stuck to his guns, sometimes even under pressure from the Privy Council Bench-on his own side, not from this side. I also pay tribute to all our colleagues from Northern Ireland who have...
  • Scotland Bill — Second Reading (24 Nov 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: Before he sits down, could the noble Lord perhaps give us his understanding of “no detriment”?
  • Northern Ireland: Political Agreement — Statement (19 Nov 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, first, I thank the Minister for his Statement and for the early sight of it. In the House of Commons, my honourable friend Vernon Coaker has paid due tribute to Peter Robinson and his contribution to society in Northern Ireland. I endorse and support that tribute; I have been a friend of Peter Robinson since our days together on the House of Commons Select Committee on Northern...
  • Northern Ireland — Statement (18 Nov 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Answer given in the other place. As my honourable friend Vernon Coaker said there, it is only right and proper at this time to pay tribute to our Armed Forces, who are at this very moment engaged in defending our freedoms and are in harm’s way. They operate to the very highest standards and we should always remember the difficult...
  • Northern Ireland: Paramilitary Groups — Statement (20 Oct 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Opposition, I thank the Minister, the Government and the Secretary of State for giving us advance sight of the Statement. We would also like to join in the Government’s thanks to the members of the independent panel for the report. It is a serious report, and one which we know will be read by the families of the victims. Those families and...
  • Northern Ireland: Defamation Law — Question (14 Oct 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, to my delight and slight surprise I totally agree with the noble Lord, Lord Tebbit. Occasionally devolution will present issues and problems but the principle of devolution must be preserved. Will the Minister please confirm again that the present Westminster Government have no intention of legislating for Northern Ireland on this issue?
  • Northern Ireland: Political Developments — Statement (15 Sep 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I open by thanking the Government for giving previous sight of the Secretary of State’s Statement. I also place on record the Official Opposition’s gratitude for the welcome given to Vernon Coaker on his return as shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. That has been echoed by many parties and individuals in Northern Ireland, who have contacted the honourable...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly — Private Notice Question (10 Sep 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I am sure that the whole House is grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Reid of Cardowan, for bringing this PNQ forward and to the Government for responding to it. We are also grateful for the assurance from the Minister that Parliament will be kept informed of the situation as it develops because, as has been agreed, it is so important that that happens. As the Minister also rightly...
  • Northern Ireland: Political Situation — Statement (8 Sep 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, first, I thank the Government for giving us advance sight of the Secretary of State’s Statement. We in the Labour Opposition strongly support the UK and Irish Governments’ decision to convene all-party talks this week in an attempt to secure a positive way forward on the challenging issues raised by the murder of Kevin McGuigan Sr and its aftermath, together with the...
  • Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2015: Motion to Approve (22 Jul 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, there is no need to repeat everything outlined by the Minister. The measure is absolutely necessary because of the redrawing of local government boundaries and has our support.