Calum MacDonald (politician)
|Member of Parliament
for Western Isles
11 June 1987 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Donald Stewart|
|Succeeded by||Angus MacNeil|
7 May 1956 |
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh, University of California, Los Angeles|
Calum Alistair MacDonald or Calum Alasdair Domhnallach (born 7 May 1956, Stornoway) was Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for the Western Isles from 1987 until he was defeated by the Scottish National Party in the British General Election of 2005.
He was born on 7 May 1956 and brought up on the Isle of Lewis. Educated at the Bayble School in Point, Outer Hebrides and Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, he went on to graduate from the University of Edinburgh with MA Honours in History and Politics.
During the 1980s he was a Teaching Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for three years where he also gained his PhD in Political Philosophy. He returned to Britain to help out with the family kitchen and bathroom fittings business.
His political interests are wide-ranging. MacDonald’s published journalism (The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, the Glasgow Herald and the New Statesman) include articles on: Northern Ireland; the Balkans; Russia; links between Labour and the Liberal Democrats; Voting Reform; the Debate on Clause 4, etc. He was an early advocate of European defence co-operation, in “A New Model Army” (Fabian Discussion Paper, 1991) and “European Security at the Crossroads” (in B Crawford and P Schulze, Ed, European Dilemmas after Maastricht, Centre for German and European Studies UC Berkeley, 1993).
In 1990, he co-founded the Future of Europe Trust, which acted as a forum for young politicians across East and West Europe to progress their views on Europe. Between 1988 and 1992 he served on the Commons Select Committee on Agriculture. In 1991, he piloted his own Private Members Bill through the House of Commons, the Crofter Forestry Act, which has since led to the planting of mixed woodland by crofter communities in the Highlands and Islands.
Between 1991 and 1995, he was a leading campaigner for Western military intervention in the former Yugoslavia and a persistent critic of the then Government’s policy.
Between 1992 and 1997, he was Chair of LINC, a Labour Party pressure group promoting co-operation with the Liberal Democrats.
Between December 1997 and July 1999 he was Minister for Housing, Planning and European Affairs at the Scottish Office. Between July 1998 and July 1999 he had additional responsibilities for Transport, Highlands and Islands and Gaelic. In his capacity as Minister for Gaelic, he gave the 1998 Sabhal Mòr Lecture.
- His former website
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Calum MacDonald
- They Work For You
- Unflattering blog
- Ask Aristotle
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Western Isles
(constituency renamed as Na h-Eileanan an Iar)