John McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith
|The Right Honourable
The Lord McFall of Alcluith
|Member of Parliament
for West Dunbartonshire
11 June 1987 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Ian Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Gemma Doyle|
4 October 1944 |
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Alma mater||University of Strathclyde, Open University|
John Francis McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith PC (born 4 October 1944) is a British Labour Co-operative politician. He was a member of parliament (MP) from 1987 to 2010, first for Dumbarton and then from 2005 for West Dunbartonshire. He was best known for being the chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee during which he referred to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown as Chancellor.
McFall went to a boys' school, St Patrick's Secondary School (since merged with Notre Dame High School to form Our Lady & St Patrick's High School), on Hawthornhill Road in Castlehill, Dumbarton, leaving without any qualifications at 15. His father was a school caretaker and his mother had a newsagents shop, which sparked his (later) interest in how to run businesses. He worked for the local Parks Department in Dumbarton and then in a factory. At the age of 24, he studied at Paisley College of Technology (now the University of the West of Scotland) receiving a BSc in Chemistry. In 1977 he wanted to widen his knowledge away from science and obtained a BA from the Open University in Education and Philosophy. He was a chemistry and maths teacher from 1974–87 in Dumbarton, Kirkintilloch and Glasgow, becoming a deputy-head in Glasgow and Secretary of his Constituency Labour Party before he entered Parliament. Whilst a teacher he completed a part-time course over three years at the University of Strathclyde for an MBA. In 1994, he became a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University Business School, and now is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board at the University of Glasgow Business School. He is a member of the GMB Union.
He was first elected for the Dumbarton constituency, Scotland, at the 1987 general election, after the previous MP, Ian Campbell retired. His original majority was a little over 2,000. Dumbarton constituency was replaced with the new West Dunbartonshire constituency for the 2005 general election, which McFall won with a majority over 12,500.
In 2001 he was appointed Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, and reappointed for a second term in this position in 2005. The committee conducted inquiries into the banking crisis, producing evidence of the bonus culture, the lack of banking qualifications among many top bankers and poor oversight of the industry by the Financial Services Authority.
He is currently the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Overseas Development (Apgood).
He gave his backing to Dumpster Kids, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at rescuing abandoned children, in January 2011.
He is married to Joan, a teacher from Dumbarton, with four children. He has run marathons, although not in the last ten years.
- Workplace Retirement Income Commission, Building a Strong, Stable and Transparent Pension System: Final Report (August 2011)
- Official Website
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: John McFall MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com – John McFall MP
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John McFall
- BBC Politics Profile
- Treasury Select Committee
- 4 May 2008 – Treasury hard man is really a softy at heart
- 20 April 2008 – Norwich Union with-profits: Deadlocked
- 19 April 2008 – John McFall urges clarity on tax rates
- 15 April 2008 – John McFall speaks about abolition of 10p tax rate
- 7 April 2008 – Government must gauge effect of winter heating payments on fuel poverty
- 26 March 2008 – John McFall speaks about Northern Rock regulator's failure on BBC Breakfast
- 10 March 2008 – Added value
- 5 March 2008 – Helping people back into work
- 3 March 2008 – McFall cut up credit card over insurance letters
- 3 March 2008 – Banks "refused to believe the good times were about to end"
- Telegraph interview December 2007
- Criticising banks in 2006 for being unsympathetic
- Advising that bank ATMs should explicitly mention charges in 2005
- Little praise for the savings industry in 2004
- Talking about endowment mortgage shortfalls in 2004
- High credit card charges in 2003
- Confusing bank charges in 2002
- New Economy minister in Northern Ireland in 1999
- Wanting lifelong learning in Northern Ireland in 1998