Anne McGuire

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The Right Honourable
Anne McGuire
MP
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Shadow Minister for Disabled People
In office
8 October 2011 – present
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Margaret Curran
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition
In office
10 October 2010 – 8 October 2011
Serving with Michael Dugher
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Desmond Swayne
Succeeded by John Denham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for (Disabled People) Work and Pensions
In office
17 June 2005 – 5 October 2008
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Gordon Brown
Preceded by Maria Eagle
Succeeded by Jonathan Shaw
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for the Department for Work and Pensions
In office
17 May 2005 – 17 June 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
to the Scotland Office
In office
13 June 2003 – 17 May 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Parliamentary Secretary
to the Scotland Office
In office
29 May 2002 – 13 June 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Lords Commissioners to the Treasury
(Government Whip)
In office
12 June 2001 – 29 May 2002
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Assistant Whip at the Treasury
In office
28 July 1998 – 12 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Member of Parliament
for Stirling
In office
1 May 1997 – present
Preceded by Michael Forsyth
Majority 8,354 (17.9%)
Personal details
Born (1949-05-26) 26 May 1949 (age 65)
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Len McGuire
Children Sarah McGuire, Paul McGuire
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Religion Roman Catholic
Website http://www.annemcguiremp.org.uk/

Anne Catherine McGuire (born 26 May 1949) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stirling since 1997.

Early life[edit]

Born in Glasgow as Anne Catherine Long, she was educated at the city's Our Lady and St Francis Secondary School (became part of St Mungo's Academy in 1988) on Charlotte Street and the University of Glasgow where she was awarded a MA in politics with history.[1] She went on to study for teacher training at the Notre Dame College of Education (merged with Craiglockhart College in 1981 to become the St Andrew's College of Education, then became part of the Faculty of Education of the University of Glasgow in 1999) in Bearsden, gaining a Diploma in Secondary Education.

She worked in the University Court of the University of Glasgow as both a registrar and a secretary from 1971 to 1974. In 1983, she joined Community Service Volunteers (CSV), initially as a teacher, then as a fieldworker. She left the organisation in 1993 as its national officer. Upon leaving CSV, she became the Deputy Director of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, where she remained until her election to the UK Parliament in 1997.

She was the parliamentary election agent for Norman Hogg at the 1979 general election at Dunbartonshire East, when he ousted the Scottish National Party's MP Margaret Bain (later Ewing). She remained as Hogg's election agent for the 1983, 1987 and 1992 elections in his new Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency. She was elected a councillor on Strathclyde Regional Council in 1980 and served for two years. She was a member of the Scottish Labour Party Executive from 1984 until 1997 and Chair of the Scottish Labour Party from 1992 to 1993. From 1987 until 1991, she was a member of the national executive of the GMB Union.

Parliamentary career[edit]

McGuire was selected to stand for election for Labour through an all-women shortlist.[2][3] She was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election when she ousted the then Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth by 6,411 votes. In the same year as her first election, she was rewarded by becoming the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Scotland Donald Dewar. A year later, she was appointed an Assistant Whip's office, becoming a Lord Commissioner to the Treasury in 2001. She became a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland in 2002, moving sideways to the Department for Constitutional Affairs in 2003. She served in the Department for Work and Pensions with responsibility for disabilities from 2005 to 2008. In October 2008, she stood down from the government and it was announced she would be appointed to the Privy Council.

On 10 October 2010, McGuire was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband along with Chuka Umunna. She also currently serves as a member of the Public Accounts Committee and as co-chair of the All-party group on Disability.

Alternative medicine[edit]

She is a supporter of homoeopathy, having signed an early day motion in support of its continued funding on the National Health Service.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She has been married to her husband, Len, since 12 February 1972 and they have a son and a daughter and live in Cumbernauld.[5] She is a keen linguist and speaks French and Gaelic. She enjoys Ceilidh dancing and is honorary vice-president of Glasgow University Shinty Club.[6]

A member of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) and became its chair in May 2013 and was described by LFI director Jennifer Gerber as "a true friend of Israel".[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dod's parliamentary companion guide ... – Google Books
  2. ^ "Anne McGuire". BBC News. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Election expenses called to account". The Guardian (London). 11 April 1999. 
  4. ^ Tredinnick, David (29 June 2010). "Early Day Motion No. 342 British Medical Association Motions on Homeopathy". 
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS – VOTE 2001 – CANDIDATES". BBC News. 
  6. ^ "Shinty Club website". Archived from the original on 25 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Stirling MP Anne McGuire to chair Labour Friends of Israel". The Jewish Chronicle. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Forsyth
Member of Parliament
for Stirling

1997–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret Curran
Shadow Minister for Disabled People
2010–present
Succeeded by
present
Preceded by
Maria Eagle
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for (Disabled People) Work and Pensions

2005–2008
Succeeded by
Jonathan Shaw