Tom McCabe

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Tom McCabe
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Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform
In office
4 October 2004 – 16 May 2007
First Minister Jack McConnell
Preceded by Andy Kerr
Succeeded by John Swinney
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Hamilton South
In office
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Majority 3,652 (15.7%)
Personal details
Born (1954-04-28) 28 April 1954 (age 60)
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Domestic partner Lorraine Davidson (separated)

Thomas "Tom" McCabe (born 28 April 1954) is a Scottish Labour Party politician, a former Minister for Finance in the Scottish Executive, and was Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South until May 2011.

He became an MSP in the first elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, later holding the positions of Minister for Parliament (1999–2001), Minister for Health and Community Care (2003–2004), and later Minister for Finance.

Background[edit]

McCabe was educated at St. Martin's Secondary School, Hamilton, and obtained a Diploma in Public Sector Management from Bell College of Technology, Hamilton.

He worked for Hoover plc from 1974 to 1993, and then in social work with Strathclyde Regional Council and North Lanarkshire Council.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

McCabe was elected to the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South in 1999. As this was the first constituency to declare its results, he was the first ever MSP to be elected.[1]

He was first appointed Minister for Parliament in the Scottish Executive from 1999-2001. Following Jack McConnell's appointment as First Minister he was out of office until after the Scottish Parliamentary Election, 2003 when he returned as Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care. In October 2004 he was promoted to Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform in place of Andy Kerr

In March 2005 he set up the AEWG (Adult Entertainment Working Group), the Scottish advisory body set up within the Scottish Executive to investigate the legislative issues involved in the current proposed lapdancing ban in Scotland. The ban is currently opposed by such figures as Veronica Deneuve and the union group IUSW (the International Union of Sex Workers) a member of the GMB union.

McCabe was one of several Labour casualties following the elections on May 5, 2011, losing his seat to Christina McKelvie of the SNP in the newly formed Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse constituency.

Personal life[edit]

McCabe previously had a relationship with former Labour spin-doctor and journalist Lorraine Davidson.[2]

References[edit]

Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South
19992011
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Andy Kerr
Minister for Finance and Public Services
2004–2007
Succeeded by
John Swinney
as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth
Preceded by
Hugh Henry
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Lewis Macdonald
Preceded by
Office Created
Minister for Parliamentary Business
1999–2001
Succeeded by
Patricia Ferguson