Andrew MacKinlay

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Andrew MacKinlay
Member of Parliament
for Thurrock
In office
9 April 1992 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Timothy Janman
Succeeded by Jackie Doyle-Price
Personal details
Born (1949-04-24) 24 April 1949 (age 65)
London, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Ruth Segar; 3 children
Religion Roman Catholic

Andrew Stuart MacKinlay (born 24 April 1949) was a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Thurrock from 1992 until he stepped down at the 2010 general election.

Early life[edit]

MacKinlay was educated variously at St Joseph's School, Wembley; Our Lady Immaculate Primary School, Tolworth; Salesian College (grammar school, now called Salesian School, Highfield Road, Chertsey), and Kingston College. He worked from 1965 as a committee clerk with Surrey County Council until 1975, when he served as a union official with the National and Local Government Officers Association (NALGO). He joined NALGO in 1965. He joined the Labour Party in 1966. MacKinlay was elected councillor in 1971 in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and served for seven years.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

He stood unsuccessfully for Labour in the following elections:

In 2003, MacKinlay famously described Dr David Kelly as "chaff" during Dr. Kelly's appearance before the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. His question was:

I reckon you are chaff; you have been thrown up to divert our probing. Have you ever felt like a fall-guy? You have been set up, have you not?[2]

so in this context "chaff" is a reference to the radar countermeasure rather than to something of little value.[3]

It emerged during Kelly's subsequent inquest that Kelly had been deeply upset by his treatment before the Committee and had privately described an MP, assumed to be MacKinlay, as an "utter bastard".[4][5] MacKinlay reportedly apologised to Kelly's widow for the remark.[6]

According to one report, in May 2007, MacKinlay made the nomination that resulted in Gordon Brown having enough nominations to be certain of not facing a contest over the leadership of the party.[7] However, another report states that the decisive nomination was made by Tony Wright[8] with MacKinlay yet to nominate at that point.

Notice of resignation[edit]

On 24 July 2009, he announced that he would not stand at the next General Election due to disillusionment with the way he felt other MPs had caved in to party pressure rather than standing up for their beliefs.[9] He said that the final straw was the failure of a number of Labour MPs who had expressed support for Gary McKinnon, awaiting extradition to the U.S. on computer hacking charges, to vote against a review of the extradition treaty.[10]

Damages win[edit]

On 1 October 2009, MacKinlay accepted a public apology and libel damages from the BBC over allegations made on BBC2’s Newsnight programme that he proposed an amendment to a Government motion on expenses of MPs so he would benefit financially.[11][12][13] The damages were reported as being £15,000.[14]

Afghanistan war[edit]

On 4 September 2009, MacKinlay supported the views of Eric Joyce on the Afghanistan war. [clarification needed][15]

Personal life[edit]

He is a keen researcher on World War I history, travelling and discovering Ireland, and is an honorary patron of Tilbury Football Club. He married his wife Ruth (née Segar); they have three children. While an MP, he employed his wife as his personal assistant.[16] He is a member of the editorial board of Total Politics, a political magazine,[17] of which his daughter, Sarah, was editor until August 2009.[18][19]

Political views and controversies[edit]

Mackinlay publicly supports the abolition of the monarchy and is identified as a republican.[20]

On 28 June 2008, he was reported by the Mail Online to have received a warning from Downing Street after MI5 discovered that he was holding meetings with a suspected Russian spy Alexander Polyakov, officially a counsellor at the Russian Embassy in London. It was also claimed that MacKinlay had been targeted by aides of Russia's richest man, Oleg Deripaska, as a 'stooge' for use in a High Court battle.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thurrock Labour Party profile; accessed 6 August 2014.
  2. ^ Select Committee on Foreign Affairs Minutes of Evidence Q167
  3. ^ "Hutton inquiry witness", 29 August 2003; accessed 6 August 2014.
  4. ^ Neil Tweedie and Sandra Laville "'Dad said interrogator MP was utter bastard'", The Daily Telegraph, 2 September 2003; retrieved 29 April 2009.
  5. ^ Andrew Sparrow, "Why Mackinlay the Grand Inquisitor hit a raw nerve", The Daily Telegraph, 2 September 2003; accessed 6 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Committee MP defends relentless grilling of Kelly", telegraph.co.uk; accessed 6 August 2014.
  7. ^ Nick Robinson It's official. It's Brown", 16 May 2007; accessed 6 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Brown will enter No 10 unopposed", bbc.co.uk, 16 May 2007; accessed 6 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Andrew MacKinlay Quits Parliament", iaindale.blogspot.com; July 2009.
  10. ^ "Labour MP resigns in fury over Gary McKinnon: Veteran who stood up for Asperger's victim quits over colleagues' hypocrisy", dailymail.co.uk; accessed 6 August 2014.
  11. ^ BBC Andrew MacKinlay MP - an apology
  12. ^ "Labour MP wins apology and damages from BBC", basildonrecorder.co.uk; accessed 6 Uagust 2014.
  13. ^ Oliver Luft MP paid 'substantial damages' over Newsnight slur, pressgazette.co.uk, 2 October 2009.
  14. ^ BLACK DOG "At last, the steely gaze returns to No 10", dailymail.co.uk, 1 November 2009.
  15. ^ BBC "Joyce quit letter was 'right'", bbc.co.uk, 4 September 2009.
  16. ^ "Family jobs and parliamentary passes", timesonline.co.uk, 31 January 2008.
  17. ^ "Total Politics - The Team". Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2008. 
  18. ^ "From the Editor", totalpolitics.com, 21 August 2009.
  19. ^ Ask Aristotle: Andrew Mackinlay MP, politics.guardian.co.uk; accessed 6 August 2014.
  20. ^ List of supporters, republic.org.uk; accessed 6 August 2014.
  21. ^ Owen, Glen (28 June 2008). "Labour MP pulled before chief whip for inviting 'Russian spy' to tea in the Commons". Mail Online. Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 June 2008. 

External links[edit]

News items[edit]

Media files[edit]

  • Mercenaries (BBC video 13 February 2002); accessed 6 August 2014
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Timothy Janman
Member of Parliament for Thurrock
1992–2010
Succeeded by
Jackie Doyle-Price