|Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform|
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
6 May 1999 – 5 May 2011
|Preceded by||New constituency|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
28 April 1954|
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
|Died||19 April 2015
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
|Political party||Scottish Labour Party|
|Domestic partner||Lorraine Davidson (separated)|
Thomas "Tom" McCabe (28 April 1954 – 19 April 2015) was a Scottish Labour Party politician. He was 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 Minister for Finance.
McCabe was educated at St. Martin's Secondary School, Hamilton, and obtained a Diploma in Public Sector Management from Bell College of Technology, Hamilton.
Member of the Scottish Parliament
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.
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.
McCabe died in April 2015 after a short illness.
- "Scots head for coalition rule", BBC News, May 7, 1999
- "Former MSP Tom McCabe dies aged 60". BBC News. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
|New constituency||Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South
|Minister for Finance and Public Services
as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth
|Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
|Minister for Parliamentary Business