Martin O'Neill, Baron O'Neill of Clackmannan

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The Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan
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Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
14 June 1988 – 18 July 1992
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byDenzil Davies
Succeeded byDavid Clark
Member of Parliament
for Ochil
Clackmannan (1983-1997)
Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire (1979-1983)
In office
4 May 1979 – 11 April 2005
Preceded byGeorge Reid
Succeeded byConstituency Abolished
Personal details
Born (1945-01-06) 6 January 1945 (age 74)
Political partyLabour

Martin John O'Neill, Baron O'Neill of Clackmannan (born 6 January 1945) is a Scottish politician.

Parliamentary career[edit]

After unsuccessfully contesting Edinburgh North in October 1974, he was a Labour Member of Parliament between 1979 and 2005, representing the Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire, Clackmannan and Ochil seats successively. He was a shadow defence secretary and later was Chairman of the Trade and Industry Select committee.

House of Lords[edit]

On 13 May 2005 it was announced that he would be created a life peer,[1] and on 14 June 2005 was created Baron O'Neill of Clackmannan, of Clackmannan in Clackmannanshire.[2]

Outside politics[edit]

Lord O'Neill is Chairman of the Strategic Forum for Construction was Chairman of the Nuclear Industry Association .

He is a lifelong supporter of Hibernian F.C. and was a director of the club for a few years. He is also a Distinguished Supporter of Humanists UK. He was one of the fifty signatories to a letter published in The Guardian in 2010, which called for Pope Benedict XVI not to be given a state visit to the UK, and accused the Catholic Church of increasing the spread of AIDS and promoting segregated education.

Lord O'Neill received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2011 [3]

He is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society [4]


  1. ^ Tempest, Matthew; agencies (13 May 2005). "Labour becomes biggest party in Lords". Retrieved 25 May 2009.
  2. ^ "No. 57677". The London Gazette. 17 June 2005. p. 7919.
  3. ^ "Heriot-Watt University Honorary Graduates, November 2011". Heriot-Watt University. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ "National Secular Society Honorary Associates". National Secular Society. Retrieved 5 June 2019

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Reid
Member of Parliament for Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Clackmannan
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Ochil
Constituency abolished