Frank Roy

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Frank Roy
Member of Parliament
for Motherwell and Wishaw
In office
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byMarion Fellows
Personal details
Born (1958-08-29) 29 August 1958 (age 60)
Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Ellen Roy[1]

Frank Roy (born 29 August 1958) was 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.

Early life[edit]

Roy was educated at Our Lady's High School, Motherwell, and later at Motherwell College (1992) and Glasgow Caledonian University in Consumer and Management Studies (1994).[1]

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"[2]

Political career[edit]

Roy worked as a parliamentary assistant to Helen Liddell MP before becoming MP for Motherwell and Wishaw.[citation needed] He is the first MP born locally to represent Motherwell and Wishaw.[citation needed]

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,[3] despite statements from Strathclyde Police that they did not consider the visit to be a security risk.[4]

In 2015, Roy worked on Liz Kendall's unsuccessful bid for the Labour leadership.


  1. ^ a b c "Frank Roy MP". Westminster Parliamentary Record. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  2. ^ Roy, Frank (26 June 2012). "Frank Roy MP recalls his days as a Ravenscraig steelworker". Evening Times. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. ^ Tara Womersley (12 February 2001). "Frank Roy resigns over Ahern visit". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Ahern row MP quits as aide". BBC. 11 February 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2014.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Motherwell and Wishaw
Succeeded by
Marion Fellows