|Member of Parliament
for Edinburgh South
11 June 1987 – 6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Michael Ancram|
|Succeeded by||Ian Murray|
20 May 1955 |
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
Nigel Griffiths was educated at Hawick High School on Buccleuch Road in Hawick in the Scottish Borders before attending the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded an MA in 1977. He finished his education at Moray House College of Education (now the Moray House School of Education on Holyrood Road at the University of Edinburgh) in Edinburgh in 1978. He was president of the University of Edinburgh Labour Group in 1976, where he first met and supported Gordon Brown, who was then the student elected Rector of the University.
In 1978, he worked as a secretary to the Lothian Development Council, before becoming a welfare rights worker with a pressure group working on behalf of people with learning disabilities in 1979, he remained in this position until his election to Parliament.
He worked with Anita Roddick to found The Big Issue in Scotland and set up the Wester Hailes Citizens Advice Bureau. He is a member of Amnesty International, Friends of the Earth, and the Ramblers' Association.
He joined the Labour Party in 1970 and was elected as a councillor on the City of Edinburgh Council in 1980, a position in which he remained until he became a member of the House of Commons. He also served as a member of the Edinburgh Health Council (1982–87). He was a member of the Edinburgh International Festival committee for three years from 1984 and was the chairman of the city council in 1986.
Griffiths was elected to parliament at the 1987 general election for Edinburgh South, when he ousted the sitting Conservative MP Michael Ancram by 1,859 votes and remained in the position until the 2010 general election. Griffiths tabled more than 1,000 questions to Conservative ministers in his first four months. He was made an Opposition Whip by Neil Kinnock in 1987, becoming a spokesman for eight years for the Department of Trade and Industry in 1989.
When Labour was elected in the 1997 general election, he became the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry. He was sacked by Tony Blair in his first reshuffle of 1998 after arguments with civil servants in the department. He spent the rest of the parliament as a member of both the procedure and the public accounts select committees. He returned to government following the 2001 with the same rank at the Department of Trade and Industry.
In 2006, Nigel Griffiths has commented on the debate over veils stating "The justification I have heard is that some Muslim women feel 'comfortable' wearing the full veil, but it doesn't make others comfortable."
In March 2009, The News of the World alleged that Griffiths had an extramarital affair in his House of Commons office. He later admitted to this and apologised. He subsequently launched a legal action against the newspaper for invading his privacy and obtaining the material that supported the allegations "in an extremely underhand way".
- "Profile: Nigel Griffiths". The Guardian. 12 March 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- Brown's first taste of power BBC News 15 July 2005
- "Profile: Nigel Griffiths". BBC News. 12 March 2007. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- "Complaints against MP upheld". BBC News. 13 February 2002. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- Minister quits over Trident plans, BBC News, 12 March 2007
- Griffiths backs Straw in row over veils, Edinburgh Evening News, 9 October 2006
- Did Murdoch’s tabloids go too far?, Financial Express, 14 July 2009
- The Death of Kiss and Tell, Panorama (TV series), 15 June 2009
- Gammell, Caroline (28 May 2009). "MPs' expenses: Nigel Griffiths's £3,600 claim for help listening to 'Scottish TV and radio'". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- "Sex scandal MP set to stand down at election". The Scotsman. 1 February 2010.
- Guide to Council Housing in Edinburgh by Nigel Griffiths, 1981
- Welfare Rights Survey by Nigel Griffiths, 1981
- Welfare Rights Guide by Nigel Griffiths, 1982
- Council Housing on the Point of Collapse by Nigel Griffiths, 1982
- Welfare Rights Guide by Nigel Griffiths, 1983
- Welfare Rights Guide by Nigel Griffiths, 1984
- Welfare Rights Guide by Nigel Griffiths, 1985
- Welfare Rights Guide by Nigel Griffiths, 1986
- Rights Guide for Mentally Handicapped People by Nigel Griffiths, 1988
- Official Website
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Nigel Griffiths MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Nigel Griffiths MP
- Profile in 2007
- BBC Politics Profile
- Telegraph Sleaze Inquiry
- The Scotsman Sex Scandal
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|Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South