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. […]
  • Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill: Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (17 Mar 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: Very briefly. The noble Lord has made an excellent case. If he cares to cross the Floor, we will always find room for him.
  • Scotland: Constitutional Settlement — Question (10 Mar 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, on behalf of the Labour Party, I welcome the noble and learned Lord’s further commitment to the Smith commission’s proposals for devolution. If elected in May, the Labour Government will be committed to including the home rule Bill in their first Queen’s Speech and introducing it in their first 100 days. The Smith commission also expressed a strong desire for...
  • Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5 and Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 Feb 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: The noble Lord referred to the Daily Record. In a previous life he was not so keen on quoting the Daily Record when it called for his resignation over various matters. This is about not only the vow but the conduct of Gordon Brown in leading the Better Together campaign in public meetings. He was accompanied by Ruth Davidson-she performed brilliantly as well and sat on the same platform...
  • Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (24 Feb 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: The noble Lord seems to be saying that there is no difference between IVF and the mitochondrial process. However, IVF does not require the genetic modification of human eggs and embryos, or tampering with the contents of the egg or embryo itself. This technology requires both.
  • Deregulation Bill: Report (3rd Day) (11 Feb 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: Will the Minister perhaps answer the point that we have repeatedly heard arguments tonight from Tory Peers which were quite clearly used in Committee for any length of time? They may not have taken as long as my noble friend has, so far, but collectively they have kept the whole thing going on their own particular interests.
  • Written Answers — The Lord Chairman of Committees: Parliament: Computer Software (3 Feb 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: To ask the Chairman of Committees how much it cost to procure the latest Microsoft Outlook system for use in Parliament; whether the system is working to specification; and what is being done about any problems encountered so far.
  • Northern Ireland — Question (29 Jan 2015)
    Lord McAvoy: My Lords, will the Minister accept that the best form of integration is economic and social integration? Child poverty in Northern Ireland is set to rise, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that Northern Ireland’s labour market and poverty rates have deteriorated over the past five years. Inequality and intergenerational deprivation is corrosive in any society, but in Northern...
  • 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...