Adam Ingram (Labour politician)
|The Right Honourable
|Member of Parliament
for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
11 June 1987 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
|Succeeded by||Michael McCann|
|Minister of State for the Armed Forces|
7 June 2001 – 29 June 2007
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||New office|
|Succeeded by||Bob Ainsworth|
1 February 1947 |
|Alma mater||Open University|
Ingram attended Cranhill Senior Secondary School in Cranhill, Glasgow a year below Archy Kirkwood, Baron Kirkwood of Kirkhope and is a graduate of the Open University. He became a trade union official with NALGO from 1977 to 1987 after several years working as a computer programmer/analyst from 1967 to 1977. A Justice of the Peace and former chairman of East Kilbride Constituency Labour Party, Ingram was East Kilbride District Councillor from 1980 to 1987 and leader of the District Council from 1984 to 1987.
Ingram was the Labour candidate for Strathkelvin and Bearsden in 1983, but entered the Commons following the 1987 election and during this parliamentary term acted as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Neil Kinnock. After Labour's landslide election victory in 1997 he was appointed Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office with responsibilities including Security.
In 2001 he became Armed Forces Minister at the Ministry of Defence, a position he held until Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in 2007. He was the longest serving Defence Minister in British history and is a member of the Privy Council.
Ingram sued George Galloway and his publisher for alleged defamation regarding remarks Galloway made in his autobiography about Ingram's youthful membership of the Orange Order. Ingram lost the case and was ordered to pay costs.
In 2009 Ingram declared outside earnings of £170,000, the largest of any Scottish MP. In the same year it was shown that letters in the local press defending these earnings were forged.
In June 2010 at the public inquiry into the beating to death of Baha Mousa in custody he conceded that he had misled MPs when he was Armed Forces Minister over British troops' hooding of Iraqi prisoners. He had assured the then head of the Parliamentary joint committee on human rights, Jean Corston in June 2004, that prisoners were only hooded during transportation but had received documents in September 2003 that showed that Mousa had been hooded, on the advice of interrogation experts for nearly 24 of the 36 hours that he spent in custody.
In popular culture
Ingram married Maureen McMahon in 1970.
- Candidate: Adam Ingram BBC News
- "Adam Ingram to stand down as MP". BBC News. 28 March 2009.
- "Minister fails to stop Galloway sectarian claim". Scotsman.com (Johnston Publishing). 28 April 2004. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- Senior Scottish MP in forged letters mystery Herald Scotland, 28 February 2009
- "Adam Ingram admits misleading MPs over hooding in Iraq". BBC News. 2 June 2010.
- "Ingram admits misleading on hooding". London Evening Standard. 2 June 2010.
- Harding, Thomas (3 June 2010). "Baha Mousa inquiry: former minister admits 'misleading' MPs over Iraq interrogations". The Telegraph.
- Parris, Matthew (10 June 2010). "How a really good scandal can vanish without trace". Times Online. (subscription required)
- Hoon, Byers and Caborn rebuked over lobbying breaches BBC News, 9 December 2010
- Ex-ministers rebuked over lobbying guardian.co.uk, 10 December 2010
- Revealed: the real Mo Mowlam The Observer, 17 January 2010
- Mo Channel4.com
- Adam Ingram: Electoral history and profile The Guardian
- Adam Ingram, Former Labour MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow TheyWorkForYou.com
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for East Kilbride
1987 – 2005
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
2005 – 2010
|Minister of State for the Armed Forces