|The Right Honourable
The Lord McAvoy
|Treasurer of the Household
Deputy Chief Whip
5 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||Nick Brown|
|Succeeded by||John Randall
|Member of Parliament
for Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Glasgow Rutherglen (1987-2005)
12 June 1987 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||James Gregor Mackenzie|
|Succeeded by||Tom Greatrex|
14 December 1943 |
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
Thomas McLaughlin McAvoy, Baron McAvoy PC (born 14 December 1943) is a British Labour Co-operative politician who was the Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West from 2005 to 2010, having previously been MP for Rutherglen from 1987 to 2005. McAvoy was Deputy Chief Whip of the Government, otherwise known as Treasurer of the Household, from 2008 to 2010.
Early life and career
McAvoy worked as a storeman at the Hoover factory in Cambuslang, and was a shop steward for the Amalgamated Engineering Union; following the succession of trade union mergers, he is now a member of Unite the Union (Amicus Section). McAvoy and his wife Eleanor have four sons.
In 1982, McAvoy was elected to Strathclyde Regional Council, and served until elected to Parliament in 1987 as the Labour Co-operative member for Glasgow, Rutherglen. From 2005 to 2010, he sat as the member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West.
He was an opposition whip from 1990 to 1993 and again from 1996 to 1997. According to The Guardian: "...[his] personal crusades have been for peace in Northern Ireland and against abortion" (Andrew Roth, The Guardian).
When the Labour Party came into government in 1997, McAvoy was appointed as Comptroller of HM Household, the third highest position in the Government Whips' office. He retained the same job until 2008, becoming one of the longest serving Comptrollers in history. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2003. In October 2008, he was promoted to Treasurer of the Household and Deputy Chief Whip.
McAvoy has achieved the rare feat among whips of remaining popular with Labour MPs. An early day motion in July 2006 noted "the difficult task he has of securing government business whilst accommodating the parliamentary, political and personal requirements of 352 Labour colleagues" and congratulated him for "the respect he has earned from all sides of the House for his ability to perform these duties"; it was signed by 135 MPs.
On 20 February 2010, McAvoy announced that he would stand down at the next general election. The seat was retained by Labour with the election of Tom Greatrex. On 22 June 2010, McAvoy was created a life peer as Baron McAvoy, of Rutherglen in Lanarkshire, and was introduced in the House of Lords that day.
- Official Website
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Tommy McAvoy
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Tommy McAvoy MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Tommy McAvoy MP
- BBC News Profile
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Glasgow Rutherglen
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West
|Comptroller of the Household
|Treasurer of the Household