Born in Barnsley, McKay was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for the South Yorkshire constituency of Penistone in a 1978 by-election following the death of the Labour MP John Mendelson, serving there until the seat was abolished for the 1983 general election. He was then elected as MP for Barnsley West and Penistone, and held that seat until he retired at the 1992 general election.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1987
- "Barnsley Chronicle - Allen McKay". Retrieved 8 May 2013.
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- "The ex-MPs who died in 2013 - part two". BBC News. 27 December 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
- Waller, Robert; Criddle, Byron (2007). The Almanac of British Politics. Routledge. pp. 125–6. ISBN 9781135206765. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Allen McKay
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