|Member of Parliament
for Glasgow Baillieston
Glasgow Provan (1987-1997)
12 June 1987 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Hugh Brown|
|Succeeded by||Constituency Abolished|
|Born||James Aloysius Joseph Patrick Gabriel Wray
28 April 1938
Govan, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Died||25 May 2013
Mearnskirk Home Hospital, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK
Born and raised in the Gorbals, he was one of eight children born in an economically disadvantaged Roman Catholic family. A boxer in his younger days, he was elected as a councillor to the then Glasgow Town Council in 1964 for Kelvinside, and moved over to the larger Strathclyde Regional Council in 1975 for Gorbals. He successfully blocked implementation of fluoridation in court by arguing it violated the 1946 Water Act and the 1968 Medicine Act.[when?]
By the time he became an MP, Wray was a wealthy man.[clarification needed] He was on the left-wing of the Labour Party, and joined the Campaign Group. His political stances were Eurosceptic, an advocate of Irish republicanism regarding Northern Ireland, and opposed to abortion and the abolition of Section 28. His views on Northern Ireland led him to be tagged "I.R. Wray" by Private Eye. In 2002, he attacked the Scottish Parliament, labeling its members "odds and sods".
- Aaron Goldstein "Jimmy Wray, R.I.P.", The American Spectator, 25 May 2013.
- "Jimmy Wray, former Labour MP, dies at 78", telegraph.co.uk, 25 May 2013
- "'Jack-the-lad' MP", BBC News, 3 March 2000.
- Fiona McKay "Estranged wife pays tribute to 'lion of a man' Jimmy Wray", The Herald, 27 May 2013
- Brian Beacom "Jimmy Wray, The Herald, 27 May 2013.
- Robert Waller and Byron Criddle The Almanac of British Politics, London and New York: Routledge, 1999 (6th ed.), p. 312.
- Rory Reynolds, "Former Glasgow MP Jimmy Wray dies at 78", Scotland on Sunday, 26 May 2013
- "MP lays into Scots Labour colleagues", BBC News, 22 March 2002
- "Former Labour MP and socialist campaigner Jimmy Wray dies, aged 78". stv. 25 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Jimmy Wray
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Glasgow Provan
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Glasgow Baillieston