|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Gillian Merron|
25 October 1968 |
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
|Alma mater||University of Wales, Lampeter|
McCartney attended Birkenhead School from 1980–1986 and went on to study Geography at St David's University College in Lampeter (now University of Wales, Lampeter) from 1988. At Lampeter he was student union president from 1991–1992 and captained the Welsh Universities First XI football team from 1990–1991.
After completing university in 1992 McCartney worked in the City of London. He has been a school governor since 1995. In 1999 he completed an MBA from Kingston Business School and became a magistrate.
McCartney is opposed to the idea of same-sex marriage arguing in a 2012 reply to a constituent's letter on the matter that he felt it would next lead to "multi-partnership marriages... [and] a reduction in the age of permitted marriage".
In April 2012 Mccartney said that publication of the results of the Department for Education's investigation into allegations of misuse of funds at Lincoln's Priory Federation of Academies Trust should be delayed.
On 28 February 2013 McCartney was obliged to apologise to IPSA for the content of notes sent by him to staff and described by Chief Executive, Andrew McDonald as 'abusive' 'offensive' and 'condescending'. "I apologise unreservedly to IPSA for my comments which were inappropriate, and which I regret having made. I accept that such comments have given cause for offence. You will not see me making similar remarks in the future in respect of IPSA, which has a difficult and important job to do." However the following month he claimed that IPSA's incompetence had forced MPs from all parties to borrow money and that he himself had had to ask his parents for financial assistance. McCartney also said that he had been told by a "senior IPSA official" that the organisation intended to "damage MPs as much as possible," a claim that IPSA said was "wild ..simply untrue."
Views on Women in Politics.
McCartney's sexist attitude to women was criticized after a councillor sent him a tweet comparing the Election 2015 all female Labour party shortlist in his constituency to women modelling underwear. After a hostile response, the councillor -who is also Conservative chairman of Margaret Thatcher's home town of Grantham deleted the remark and apologized. Selected Labour party candidate Lucy Rigby, noting that only 1 in 5 women Tory Mps were women, retweeted ‘Here’s Karl McCartney MP & Tory Cllr discussing my selection to stand as a MP. & ppl q why aren’t more women in politics.’ McCartney replied that those with a sense of humour would appreciate the remark.
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- Stephen Gray (20 April 2012). "Tory MP tells constituent marriage equality could mean ‘polygamy and child marriages’". Pink News. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Priory Academy: Report should not be released yet, says MP". BBC News. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Christopher Hope (28 February 2013). "'You're talking s****': Tory MP Karl McCartney rebuked for insulting expenses watchdog in notes". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
- Peter Dominiczak (27 March 2013). "Karl McCartney MP claims expenses watchdog incompetence forced him to borrow money from mum and dad". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
- Keith Perry (26 March 2014). "Tory councillor in sexism row after tweeting glamour photo". Retrieved 10 August 2014.