Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
A teacher by profession, he was an MP from 1981 to 1996, representing the National Party. He was first elected to Parliament in the 1981 elections as MP for Taupo, defeating the incumbent Labour MP, Jack Ridley.
In the 1984 elections, he contested and won the new seat of Waikaremoana, which he held until the 1996 elections elections. He became Minister of Youth Affairs and Associate Minister of Education and Social Welfare during the Third National Government. He later held the role of Commissioner for Children.
McClay was the chairman for Keep New Zealand Beautiful until July 2009. He has been involved in a number of other charities, including the New Zealand Spinal Trust, World Vision, Heart Children New Zealand, Variety, the Children's Charity and For the Sake of Children. In March 2010 he was charged with misuse of taxpayer-subsidised flights. In August the same year he pleaded guilty. He was convicted and given a sentence of 300 hours of community work.In addition he was stripped of his travel benefits by the Parliamentary Services Commission.
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- "Former MP admits defrauding charity". ONE News (Television New Zealand). 16 August 2010.
- Savage, Jared (25 August 2010). "McClay sentenced to community service". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2010.