Frank McAveety

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Frank McAveety
Frank McAveety MSP.jpg
Leader of Glasgow City Council
Assumed office
10 September 2015
Preceded by Gordon Matheson
In office
Preceded by Bob Gould
Succeeded by Charlie Gordon
Glasgow City Councillor for Shettleston (Ward 19)
Assumed office
3 May 2012
Preceded by Euan McLeod
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Glasgow Shettleston
In office
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
Preceded by new constituency
Succeeded by John Mason
Majority 2,881 (19.5%)
Personal details
Born (1962-07-27) 27 July 1962 (age 54)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political party Scottish Labour Party
Alma mater University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow
Occupation Teacher (English and History)
Religion Roman Catholic

Frank McAveety (born 27 July 1962) is a Scottish Labour Co-operative politician and from 10 September 2015 the leader of Glasgow City Council,[1] having been elected to represent Ward 19 (Shettleston) at the Council elections in May 2012. He was formerly the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Shettleston from 1999 until 2011.[2]

Early life[edit]

Frank was born 27 July 1962 in Glasgow and brought up in the city's Barmulloch district.[3] He was educated in Glasgow at All Saints Secondary School,[3] followed by the University of Strathclyde, from which he graduated in 1983, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History.

After receiving a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from St Andrew's College of Education (now part of the University of Glasgow) in 1984, McAveety began a career as a secondary school teacher. He taught English at schools across the South side and the East End of Glasgow.

Political career[edit]

Glasgow councillor[edit]

He was a member of Glasgow District Council from 1988 until 1996 and served as Convenor of the Arts and Culture Committee, which developed the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art and initiated plans for the large-scale redevelopment of Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow.

McAveety served as Leader of the Glasgow City Council from 1997 until 1999, during which time he initiated the largest-ever investment package for Glasgow Secondary Schools and oversaw the removal of housing debt for City Housing Tenants[citation needed]. He also established the first ever Local Authority Standards Committee, which was the influence for the establishment of the Standards Commission for Scotland by the Scottish Parliament, a few years later.

Scottish Parliament[edit]

When elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Local Government in the Scottish Executive and served in that position until 2000. He returned to office as Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care in May 2002. As Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport following the Scottish Parliamentary Election, 2003, he established the National Theatre of Scotland, which has resulted in the award-winning play, Black Watch and other productions. In his capacity as Sports Minister, McAveety advocated using sports investment as an opportunity for community regeneration and he oversaw Scotland's largest ever investment in national sports infrastructure, being developed in the East End of Glasgow. He also conducted a successful campaign to bring the headquarters of Sportscotland, the national sports agency, to the East End of Glasgow.

In 2004, he was mocked by a Sheriff Court judge after charges against two anti-war protesters were dropped after an altercation with the two protesters and a Labour council candidate.[4] McAveety had claimed they had put him through the "worst intimidation in his life" during an altercation in the southside of Glasgow. In dismissing the case however, Sheriff Graeme Warner said that McAveety "must have lived a very sheltered life" and had "completely blown his credibility".[5]

A week later, he was forced to apologise for misleading parliament when he turned up late for a ministerial question time claiming to have been unavoidably detained on ministerial business. It was later discovered that he was actually eating pie, beans and roast potatoes in the parliament canteen.[6] The incident was dubbed by some as "porky pie-gate" and is said to have led First Minister Jack McConnell to sack him from his cabinet later that year.[7]

McAveety was re-elected to the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 after winning more than 50% of the vote in Glasgow Shettleston and until June 2010 he served as Convener of the Public Petitions Committee and was the Scottish Labour Party's Shadow Minister for Sport.

On 16 June 2010 he resigned as Convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee after being overheard making comments about the physical appearance of a female member of the audience during a break in committee proceedings.[8] The comments were broadcast because he had not switched off his microphone.[9] McAveety said: "There's a very attractive girl in the second row, dark... and dusky. We'll maybe put a wee word out for her."[8]

McAveety led a campaign in 2009 to establish access for children free of charge to professional football matches in Scotland. He is a keen supporter of Celtic F.C. and the Scottish national team and, while an MSP, was a regular player for the Scottish Parliamentary Football Team, which has taken part in a number of high-profile charity events.

Frank McAveety is known for his knowledge of various genres of modern popular music. He has written in praise of David Bowie in the Scotsman newspaper and he wrote a regular feature for Holyrood Magazine, which celebrated and recommended his favourite albums. In April 2005, the Scotsman newspaper dubbed him the "Daddy of Parliamentary Pop". This was in reference to his speech in the Parliamentary Chamber in support of a motion recognising Franz Ferdinand for that band's contribution to Scottish popular music and culture.

McAveety has served as a board member for the Arches Theatre Company in Glasgow, Enterprise Scotland and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. From January 2009 he served on the boards of the Scottish Youth Theatre and Fields in Trust Scotland (formerly National Playing Fields Association).

In the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary election, he lost his seat to the SNP's John Mason but he made an early return to politics in May 2012, when he was elected as a Councillor for the Shettleston ward of Glasgow City Council.

In September 2015, McAveety was elected leader of Glasgow City Council after Gordon Matheson stood down, thus returning to a post he had held sixteen years earlier.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frank McAveety set to lead Glasgow City Council". BBC News. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "McAveety, Mr Frank MSP", The Scottish Parliament website, retrieved 20 December 2015 
  3. ^ a b "Bravestart Frank", Times Educational Supplement, TSL Education, 17 October 1997, retrieved 12 February 2011 
  4. ^ McCabe, Grant (17 June 2004), "'Naive' Minister Mocked as Sheriff Clears War Protesters", The Scotsman, Johnston Press, retrieved 12 February 2011 
  5. ^ "Sheriff Ridicules Minister's Fear", BBC News, BBC, 16 June 2004, retrieved 12 February 2011 
  6. ^ "'Out to Lunch' Minister's Apology", BBC News, BBC, 24 June 2004, retrieved 12 February 2011 
  7. ^ "'Piegate' Minister Has His Chips", BBC News, BBC, 4 October 2004, retrieved 12 February 2011 
  8. ^ a b "Frank McAveety Quits Over 'Attractive Girl' Remark", BBC News, BBC, 16 June 2010, retrieved 26 August 2010 
  9. ^ Johnson, Simon (16 June 2010), "Labour MSP Resigns Over 'Dark and Dusky' Praise for Woman", The Daily Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, retrieved 12 February 2011 
Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Shettleston
Succeeded by
John Mason
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Watson
Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport
Succeeded by
Patricia Ferguson
Preceded by
Hugh Henry
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
Succeeded by
Tom McCabe
Preceded by
Office Created
Deputy Minister for Local Government
Succeeded by
Office Abolished