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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. […]
  • 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...
  • Scottish Independence: Currency Union — Question (12 Mar 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, the establishment of a single currency between a separate Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom would require negotiations with a trusted partner. There would be great difficulty in trusting Mr Salmond, the First Minister, who only last year described the pound as a millstone around Scotland’s neck. Where is the trusted partner there?
  • Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Third Reading (4 Mar 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords-
  • Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill — Report (25 Feb 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, this has been a wide-ranging debate with speeches of quality. It further justifies the existence of this place, where such a measured debate can be held. The noble Lord, Lord Lexden, cited journalists as one of the main reasons why he was bringing this forward. I could think of many other occupations that have inspired more sympathy and understanding than journalists, but I take the...
  • Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Committee (3 Feb 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Bew, who supported the original decision, was characteristically frank and honest in indicating that there was heavy opposition to what is being proposed here. When you get that sort of difficult situation, you must resort-maybe that is the wrong word, but you must go back-to basic principles. The basic principle is that there is devolution in...
  • Scotland: Independence Referendum — Motion to Take Note (30 Jan 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I, too, congratulate and thank the noble Lord, Lord Lang of Monkton, on bringing this debate to the Floor of the House. We are in the year of the referendum and the timing of the debate will be regarded as kick-starting the real public debate and action on it. The debate has been threaded throughout by some really terrific contributions from very knowledgeable and creditable people....
  • Housing: Underoccupancy Charge — Question (14 Jan 2014)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, what a catalogue of disasters: the bedroom tax applied illegally to thousands of people; refunds that will be demanded and quite rightly paid; thousands paid a discretionary housing allowance by mistake and not obliged to repay the cash; and people forced to move house from areas they have lived in all of their lives. The Minister boasted of his role in introducing this tax. Will he...
  • Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill — Second Reading (3 Dec 2013)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her explanation in moving the Second Reading. As was stated in the other place, this has been a momentous year for Northern Ireland and is an appropriate time to bring forward this Bill. With the visit of President Obama to Belfast and the G8 summit in County Fermanagh attended by the Heads of Government, Northern Ireland was on the world stage, and these...
  • Glasgow Helicopter Crash — Statement (2 Dec 2013)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement from the other place. I associate Her Majesty’s Opposition with the expressions of condolence to all those bereaved and sympathy to the injured, and to the great city of Glasgow for the disaster that struck the Clutha Bar overnight at the weekend. The response of the city of Glasgow, and its people, has won admiration throughout...