Iain McKenzie

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Iain McKenzie
Member of Parliament
for Inverclyde
Assumed office
30 June 2011
Preceded by David Cairns
Majority 5,838 (20.8%)
Personal details
Born 4 April 1959
Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Alison

Iain McKenzie (born 4 April 1959) is a Scottish Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Inverclyde since the June 2011 by-election in his constituency.

Early life[edit]

McKenzie was born and raised in Greenock, Inverclyde's largest town, in the areas of Broomhill and Fancy Farm.[1] A former employee of IBM, he was elected to Inverclyde Council, becoming Leader of the Council in February 2011.[2]


McKenzie's election followed the death of David Cairns, who had represented the constituency since 2001. McKenzie made his maiden speech to the House of Commons on 11 July 2011, mainly focusing on employment, opportunity and population growth in his constituency.[3]

McKenzie was one of the few Labour MPs who voted against legalizing equal marriage in the UK. However on the third reading of the bill Mr McKenzie voted for equal marriage as he was satisfied protection for religious groups had been ironed out. [4] He also did not support British involvement in airstrikes in Iraq on 26 September 2014, for which he was sacked as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Shadow Defence Secretary, Vernon Coaker.[5]

His Parliamentary biography lists his political interests as 'Europe' and 'employment'.[6]


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Cairns
Member of Parliament for Inverclyde