Frank McElhone

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Francis Patrick McElhone (5 April 1929 – 22 September 1982) was a Scottish Labour Party politician.

McElhone was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow Gorbals at a by-election in 1969. He served until the constituency was abolished in boundary changes for the 1974 general election.

He was then elected as MP for Glasgow Queen's Park, and held that seat until he suffered a heart attack [1] and died in office in 1982 at the age of 53, while participating in a 'Day of Action' march and demonstration in support of National Health Service workers in Glasgow.[2] He served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1975 to 1979.

After his death, his widow, Helen McElhone, was elected to represent Glasgow Queen's Park. She only served for a few months before the seat was abolished by boundary changes.

Their son is the musician Johnny McElhone.


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  2. ^ "Mr Frank McElhone (obituary)". The Times. 24 September 1982. p. 11. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alice Cullen
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Gorbals
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Glasgow Queen's Park
Succeeded by
Helen McElhone