|Member of Parliament
for Glasgow Maryhill
1987 – 2001
|Preceded by||James Craigen|
|Succeeded by||Ann McKechin|
25 November 1938
|Spouse(s)||James Joseph Fyfe (deceased)|
Born Maria O'Neill on 25 November 1938 to James O’Neill and Margaret Lacey, she became a member of the Labour Party in 1960. She came to education relatively later in life, studying Economic History at the University of Strathclyde and graduating in 1975. She worked as a senior lecturer in the Trade Union Studies Unit at Glasgow Central College of Commerce from 1978 to 1987. In 1980, she was elected to Glasgow District Council, serving as Vice-Convener of the Finance Committee from then until 1984, when she became Convener of the Personnel Committee. She remained in this position until 1987, when she was elected to Parliament.
In 1987, Fyfe was returned to Parliament as Member for Glasgow Maryhill, a position she occupied until 2001. She served as Deputy Shadow Minister for Women from 1988 to 1991, Convener of the Scottish Group of Labour MPs from 1991 to 1992, and front bench spokesperson for Scotland from 1992 to 1995. She chaired concurrently the Labour Party Departmental Committee on International Development and the Labour Group in the UK Delegation to the Council of Europe, both from 1997 to 2001. She stood down at the 2001 General Election and was succeeded by Anne McKechin. She was awarded an honorary D.Univ. by the University of Glasgow in 2002, the same year as Sir Fred Goodwin.
She was quoted as saying: "I am proudest of having been involved in the 50-50 campaign to ensure that the Scottish Parliament started life with an almost equal representation of women, up there with the Scandinavian countries".
O'Neill married James Joseph Fyfe in 1964. She is widowed with two sons.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill
- ‘FYFE, Maria’, Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2008 accessed 28 April 2009
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