Michael McMahon (Scottish politician)
|Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Uddingston and Bellshill
Hamilton North and Bellshill (1999-2011)
6 May 1999 – 23 March 2016
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
|Succeeded by||Richard Lyle|
|Born||18 September 1961|
|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.
Married to Margaret, with three children.
McMahon also employed his wife Margaret, as his parliamentary assistant.
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.
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.
- "Plea for not proven abolition". BBC News. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- 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.
- Michael McMahon MSP official biography at the Scottish Parliament website
- Michael McMahon MSP profile at the site of Scottish Labour
- Michael McMahon MSP personal website
|Member of the Scottish Parliament for Uddingston and Bellshill
|New constituency||Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton North and Bellshill
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