Duncan McNeil

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Duncan McNeil
Convener of the Scottish Parliament
Health and Sport Committee
In office
15 June 2011 – 23 March 2016
Deputy Bob Doris
Preceded by Christine Grahame
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Greenock and Inverclyde
In office
6 May 1999 – 23 March 2016
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Stuart McMillan
Majority 511 (1.8%)
Personal details
Born (1950-09-07) 7 September 1950 (age 68)
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Residence Greenock
Website http://duncanmcneil.com/

Duncan McNeil (born 7 September 1950, Greenock) is a Scottish Labour Party politician, and was Member of the Scottish Parliament for Greenock and Inverclyde from 1999 until 2016.


From 1965 to 1979 he worked as a boilermaker at Scott Lithgow, initially as an apprentice. After working as a co-ordinator for the Unemployed Workers Centres in Glasgow he became a full-time official in the GMB Union in 1981 and later a Regional Organiser.

For six years prior to his election from his current constituency, in May 1999, he was on the Labour Party's Scottish Executive Committee.

Mr McNeil served on the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee for 15 months and went on to become Labour's Chief Whip. He was elected to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body in December 2001.

Following re-election in May 2003, Mr McNeil departed the Whips' Office to be Chair of the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Party. Additionally, he is now Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee.

He caused controversy in 2006 when suggesting in a parliamentary debate that oral contraceptives should be added to prescribed methadone for drug addicts in order to limit the number of children born to parents with a history of substance abuse.

He has been a vocal campaigner for tougher penalties for knife crime and for better support and protection for vulnerable children.

External links[edit]

McNeil campaigning in Greenock
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Greenock and Inverclyde