Frank Doran (British politician)

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Frank Doran
MP
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Chairman of the Administration Committee
In office
20 July 2005 – 11 May 2010
Preceded by New committee
Succeeded by Sir Alan Haselhurst
Member of Parliament
for Aberdeen North
Aberdeen Central (1997–2005)
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Malcolm Savidge (Aberdeen North)
Majority 8,361 (22.2%)
Member of Parliament
for Aberdeen South
In office
11 June 1987 – 9 April 1992
Preceded by Gerry Malone
Succeeded by Raymond Robertson
Personal details
Born (1949-04-13) 13 April 1949 (age 65)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Citizenship British
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Joan Ruddock
Alma mater University of Dundee
Website www.frankdoran.org.uk

Frank Doran (born 13 April 1949) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeen South from 1987 to 1992, when he lost his seat. He was re-elected in 1997 to Aberdeen Central, and currently represents Aberdeen North.

Education and early career[edit]

Frank Doran attended the Ainslie Park Secondary School (later the Ainslie Park High School) in East Pilton and Leith Academy in Leith before leaving school at age 16. He took a job at the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board and was promoted to junior clerk in the legal department within a year. There, he was encouraged in his interest in law by Assistant Secretary of the Board Douglas Nellands, and he started taking night classes. After a few years, he attended the University of Dundee, where he was awarded a LLB degree in 1975. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1977 and was in practice until 1988.[1][2]

He is the husband of fellow Labour MP Joan Ruddock.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

He unsuccessfully contested the European Parliament seat of Scotland North East in 1984.[3] He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1987 general election for Aberdeen South by defeating the sitting Conservative and Unionist MP Gerry Malone.[5] He was promoted to the opposition frontbench by Neil Kinnock in 1988 as a spokesperson on energy, leading on oil and gas.[6]

Frank Doran was defeated in Aberdeen South at the 1992 general election by the Conservative and Unionist Raymond Robertson. This was the only seat which Labour lost to the Conservatives at that election.[3] Durning his time out of Parliament, Doran was appointed by the Trade Unions to run the statutory political fund ballot campaign for the majority of Trade Unions who had political funds, until he was re-elected at the 1997 general election for the new constituency of Aberdeen Central.

He was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry Ian McCartney in 1997. He remained in position when McCartney transferred to the Cabinet Office in 1999, after which he became a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in 2001.[7]

Following changes to the electoral boundaries in Scotland, the constituency of Aberdeen Central was abolished prior to the 2005 general election, Doran was forced to compete against the incumbent Aberdeen North MP, Malcolm Savidge, for the Labour party candidacy in a much-altered North seat. Doran won the nomination, and was elected to represent the new Aberdeen North seat with a majority of 6,795 votes. The win gave Frank Doran the unique distinction of having represented Aberdeen South, Aberdeen Central and Aberdeen North during his parliamentary career.[8]

Doran was, on 20 July 2005, elected Chairman of the Administration Committee, and in this role he sat on the Finance and Services, Liaison and Works of Art committees.[2] Doran served as Chairman until the end of the Parliament on 11 May 2010.[9] He currently is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Works of Art, the Secretary to the All-Party Fisheries Group, the GMB Parliamentary Group, the Trade Union Group of Labour MPs, the All Party Dance Group, and he is also Treasurer of All-Party Oil and Gas Group.[10]

Votes[edit]

Frank Doran voted in favour of the introduction of a bill that banned smoking in restaurants in April 2003.[11] In December 2004 and October 2005, he voted in favour of the Identity Cards Bill.[12][13] In March 2002, he voted to ban the hunting of wild mammals with dogs.[14] He voted in favour of the NHS Foundation Trust proposal.[15] He also voted in favour of allowing unmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples to adopt,[16] and in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill.[17] Frank Doran voted against the replacement of the Trident system.[18]

He voted in favour of adding clauses to a bill that allow the Secretary of State to detain indefinitely, pending deportation, anyone he suspects is a terrorist, even if the law forbids that person's deportation from ever taking place.[19] He voted against only allowing people detained at a police station to be fingerprinted and searched for an identifying birthmark if it is in connection with a terrorism investigation.[20]

In March 2003, he voted that the case had not yet been made for war against Iraq.[21] In June 2007, he voted against a motion calling for an independent inquiry by a committee of Privy Counsellors into the Iraq War.[22]

Controversy of MP queue-jumping[edit]

Frank Doran sparked outrage when the Administration Committee that he chaired ruled that researchers and secretaries working in the House of Commons must allow MPs to jump the queue for the canteen.

Staff described the rules as "feudal", and complained they were being treated as second-class citizens, but Mr Doran said: "You cannot have an MP standing in a queue for ages: they are very busy people". He acknowledged that the way in which staff were told about the ruling may have been better handled.[23]

Personal life[edit]

He married Patricia in 1967. They have two sons. They are divorced. He is now married to the former Labour minister, Joan Ruddock.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Culture, Media and Sport Committee Press Notice No. 1". Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Frank Doran MP". Retrieved 19 September 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Mp, Labour (15 October 2002). "BBC NEWS - Politics - Frank Doran". BBC News. Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "New Page 1". Retrieved 19 September 2007. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Aberdeen South". Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "ePolitix.com - Frank Doran". Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "Frank Doran MP, Labour Member of Parliament for Aberdeen North". Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "ukpollingreport.co.uk » Aberdeen North:". Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  9. ^ http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/10174/frank_doran/aberdeen_north
  10. ^ "Parliamentary Groups". Retrieved 19 September 2007. [dead link]
  11. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 14 Apr 2003 (pt 15)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  12. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 20 Dec 2004 (pt 42)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  13. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 18 Oct 2005 (pt 35)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  14. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 18 Mar 2002 (pt 40)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  15. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 8 Jul 2003 (pt 27)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  16. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 4 Nov 2002 (pt 28)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  17. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 12 Oct 2004 (pt 34)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  18. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 14 Mar 2007 (pt 0022)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  19. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 21 Nov 2001 (pt 28)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  20. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 26 Nov 2001 (pt 30)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  21. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 18 Mar 2003 (pt 47)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  22. ^ "House of Commons Hansard Debates for 11 Jun 2007 (pt 0015)". Retrieved 17 September 2007. 
  23. ^ "Queue-barge MP expresses concern". BBC News. 11 October 2007. Retrieved 4 December 2007. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Gerry Malone
Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South
19871992
Succeeded by
Raymond Robertson
New constituency Member of Parliament for Aberdeen Central
19972005
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Malcolm Savidge
Member of Parliament for Aberdeen North
2005–present
Incumbent