Michael McMahon (Scottish politician)

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Michael McMahon
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Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Uddingston and Bellshill
Hamilton North and Bellshill (1999-2011)
In office
6 May 1999 – 23 March 2016
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Richard Lyle
Personal details
Born (1961-09-18) 18 September 1961 (age 55)
Political party Scottish Labour Party

Michael Joseph McMahon (born 18 September 1961) is a Scottish Labour politician and former Member of the Scottish Parliament 1999−2016. He was previously the member for the former constituency of Hamilton North and Bellshill 1999−2011, then for the Uddingston and Bellshill constituency 2011−2016. He is noted for attempting to abolish the not proven verdict.[1]


Married to Margaret, with three children.

His daughter Siobhan McMahon was controversially employed as his parliamentary researcher and became an MSP in 2011.[2]

McMahon also employed his wife Margaret, as his parliamentary assistant.[3]


He went to Our Lady's High School, Motherwell (1973-1977). Worked as a welder at Terex Equipment Ltd, Motherwell (1977-1992). McMahon has been a trade union activist since school, and was Chair of the GMB and the STUC Youth Committees. He was also the branch Equality Officer in the GMB and a member of the trade union's Racial Advisory Committee.

In 1992, went to Glasgow Caledonian University and graduated in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences (Politics and Sociology).

Then worked as a political researcher (1996-1999), before being elected to parliament. He is an adviser to the Irish Diaspora in Scotland Association

McMahon is a supporter of faith schools and has publicly defended them, claiming there is no evidence they contribute to sectarianism.[4]


  1. ^ "Plea for not proven abolition". BBC News. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.hamiltonadvertiser.co.uk/news/local-news/hamilton-news/2011/05/06/double-for-mcmahon-s-as-siobhan-joins-her-dad-at-holyrood-51525-28646726/
  3. ^ Black, Andrew (27 November 2008). "Which MSPs are employing family?". BBC News. Retrieved 14 May 2011. Over in the Labour camp, it is a family affair for Hamilton North and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon, who pays wife Margaret and daughter Siobhan as parliamentary assistant and researcher respectively. 
  4. ^ http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/politics/political-news/catholic-church-fury-as-charity-boss-blames-faith-schools-for-sectarianism.1328411182?_=e7ca85eebdf1d8c4c36bc09851649db8698d2bbc

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Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
New constituency
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Uddingston and Bellshill
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton North and Bellshill
Constituency abolished