|Member of Parliament
for Motherwell and Wishaw
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
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29 August 1958 |
Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Frank Roy (born 29 August 1958) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Motherwell and Wishaw from 1997 to 2015. He was a Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury from 2006 to 2010, after having served as an Assistant Whip from 2005.
Roy was, like many others in the area, a steelworker until he was made redundant in 1991 when Ravenscraig Steelworks closed. He describes the strikes of the 1980s as ensuring his "politicisation was cemented for life"
Roy worked as a parliamentary assistant to Helen Liddell MP before becoming MP for Motherwell and Wishaw. He is the first MP born locally to represent Motherwell and Wishaw.
In 2001 Roy resigned as parliamentary private secretary to Helen Liddell in the wake of the cancellation of a visit to Carfin Grotto by Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Ahern was due to visit the grotto to open a memorial to victims of the Irish Potato Famine but the visit was cancelled due to Roy's advice of risk of possible sectarian violence, despite statements from Strathclyde Police that they did not consider the visit to be a security risk.
In 2015, Roy worked on Liz Kendall's unsuccessful bid for the Labour leadership.
- "Frank Roy MP". Westminster Parliamentary Record. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- Roy, Frank (26 June 2012). "Frank Roy MP recalls his days as a Ravenscraig steelworker". Evening Times. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
- Tara Womersley (12 February 2001). "Frank Roy resigns over Ahern visit". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- "Ahern row MP quits as aide". BBC. 11 February 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
- Frank Roy MP official site
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
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