|Angus Brendan MacNeil|
|Member of Parliament
for Na h-Eileanan an Iar
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Calum MacDonald|
21 July 1970 |
Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
|Alma mater||University of Strathclyde|
|Profession||Engineer, reporter, teacher|
He is the SNP's Westminster portfolio and transport spokesperson.
MacNeil was educated at Castlebay Secondary School, Barra, and the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, before graduating from Strathclyde University with a degree in civil engineering in 1992. He played shinty whilst at university. He worked as an engineer and as a reporter for BBC Radio Scotland before qualifying as a teacher in 1996 at Jordanhill College. His first post as a primary teacher was at Salen and Acharacle Primary Schools where he taught the first Gaelic Medium Class.
House of Commons
In March 2006, MacNeil came to widespread public attention after lodging a formal complaint with the Metropolitan Police regarding the Labour Party Cash for Peerages scandal. In April 2006, he and former "anti-corruption" MP Martin Bell wrote to prime minister, Tony Blair calling for all appointments to the House of Lords to be suspended in the wake of the scandal. In November 2006 he won the Best Scot at Westminster section of the Scottish Politician of the Year awards for instigating the inquiry into possible abuse of the honours system. Mr MacNeil had the highest bill for travel in 2006-2007. This is mainly due to the distance of his constituency from London as well as the disperse geographical layout of the constituency. He also received awards from the Spectator Magazine and the Political Studies Society for setting the political agenda in Britain during 2006. He is a member of the editorial board for political monthly Total Politics. MacNeil was re-elected to Parliament in 2010.
In 2007, the Sunday Mail reported MacNeil had "kissed and fondled" two girls aged 17 and 18 in a hotel room while his pregnant wife was in hospital, in 2005. Mr MacNeil said he bitterly regretted the incident and said he was angry it had diverted attention from the "substantial political issues" he had been pursuing. In a statement, MacNeil, then 36, apologised for the "embarrassment and hurt" caused to his family by his actions.
- "Tobar an Dualchais". Retrieved 14 October 2011.
- MacNeil presses Blair over honours
- "The SNP's Angus MacNeil was the Best Scot at Westminster for instigating an inquiry into possible abuse of the honours system.", The Herald; he later had to admit to his "foolishness" and lack of judgement regarding an incident in 2005, by confessing to an incident in a hotel room involving two teenage girls.  ("MP behind honours row admits drunken hotel romp with girls.") In 17 November 2006
- Morris, Nigel (26 October 2007). "MPs claim £88m expenses on top of the £60,675 each gets in salary". Independent. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
- "Police probed MP spy allegations". BBC News. 10 April 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2010.
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