Frank Roy

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Frank Roy
Member of Parliament
for Motherwell and Wishaw
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency Created
Majority 16,806 (43%)
Personal details
Born (1958-08-29) 29 August 1958 (age 56)
Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Ellen Roy[1]
Children 2[1]

Frank Roy (born 29 August 1958) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Motherwell and Wishaw since 1997. He was a Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury from 2006 to 2010, after having served as an Assistant Whip from 2005.

Roy was educated at Our Lady's High School, Motherwell, and later at Motherwell College (1992) and Glasgow Caledonian University in Consumer and Management Studies (1994).[1]

Roy was, like many others in the area, a steelworker until he was made redundant in 1991 when Ravenscraig Steelworks closed.[citation needed] He worked as a parliamentary assistant to Helen Liddell MP before becoming MP for Motherwell and Wishaw.[citation needed] He is the first MP born locally to represent Motherwell and Wishaw.[citation needed]

In 2001 Roy resigned as parliamentary private secretary to Helen Liddell in the wake of the cancellation of a visit to Carfin Grotto by Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Ahern was due to visit the grotto to open a memorial to victims of the Irish Potato Famine but the visit was cancelled due to Roy's advice of risk of possible sectarian violence,[2] despite statements from Strathclyde Police that they did not consider the visit to be a security risk.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Frank Roy MP". Westminster Parliamentary Record. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Tara Womersley (12 February 2001). "Frank Roy resigns over Ahern visit". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ahern row MP quits as aide". BBC. 11 February 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 

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