|Dr Gregg McClymont
|Gregg McClymont at the General Election count in Cumbernauld, May 2010|
|Shadow Minister for Pensions|
8 October 2011
|Preceded by||Rachel Reeves|
|Member of Parliament
for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Rosemary McKenna|
3 June 1976 |
Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow
University of Pennsylvania
St. John's College, Oxford
Background and personal life
Born and brought up in Cumbernauld, he attended Kildrum Primary School and Cumbernauld High School from 1981 until 1993. He read History at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1997, the year when he was also chair of Scottish Labour Students, before winning the Thouron Scholarship to study at the University of Pennsylvania. Returning to Britain, he wrote a doctoral thesis in modern British history at St John's College, Oxford. Subsequently, he became a tutorial fellow at St Hugh's College, Oxford, where he taught until May 2010.
He was selected to replace outgoing Labour MP Rosemary McKenna to fight the seat of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East at the 2010 general election. He won the seat with a 13,755 majority and over 57% of the votes cast. In parliament, McClymont sat on the House of Commons select committees on science and technology, and business, innovation and skills; and held the post of Parliamentary Private Secretary to shadow Secretary of State for Scotland Ann McKechin. In early 2011, he moved on to the Labour front bench as an assistant whip, before becoming the Shadow Pensions Minister for the Department of Work and Pensions in October 2011.
McClymont has been a strong critic of the British Government's economic policy. He has argued repeatedly in parliament for stronger safeguards for post offices following the privatization of the Royal Mail. He has also sought to highlight the impact changes to housing benefit will have on his constituents in Cumbernauld, as well as campaigning for compensation for victims of terror attacks overseas.
'The Cultural Politics of Tory Socialism: The Clarion in the Labour Movement during the 1890s' in Griffiths, Nott and Whyte (eds) Classes, Cultures and Politics: Essays on British History for Ross McKibbin (Oxford, 2011)
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