Dame Anne Catherine McGuire DBE (née Long; born 26 May 1949) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stirling from 1997 to 2015, and served as a minister under successive Labour governments.

Dame Anne McGuire

Shadow Minister for Disabled People
In office
8 October 2011 – 7 October 2013
LeaderEd Miliband
ShadowingMaria Miller
Esther McVey
Preceded byMargaret Curran
Succeeded byKate Green
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition
In office
10 October 2010 – 8 October 2011
Serving with Chuka Umunna (2010-11)
Michael Dugher (2011)
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byDesmond Swayne
Succeeded byJohn Denham
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People
In office
17 June 2005 – 5 October 2008
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Gordon Brown
Sec. of StateDavid Blunkett
John Hutton
Peter Hain
James Purnell
Preceded byMaria Eagle
Succeeded byJonathan Shaw
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
29 May 2002 – 17 May 2005
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Sec. of StateAlistair Darling
Preceded byGeorge Foulkes (Minister of State)
Succeeded byDavid Cairns
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
12 June 2001 – 29 May 2002
Prime MinisterTony Blair
ChancellorGordon Brown
Preceded byJim Dowd
Succeeded byJim Fitzpatrick
Assistant Government Whip
In office
28 July 1998 – 12 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Chief WhipAnn Taylor
Member of Parliament
for Stirling
In office
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byMichael Forsyth
Succeeded bySteven Paterson
Majority8,354 (17.9%)
Personal details
Born (1949-05-26) 26 May 1949 (age 70)
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Len McGuire
ChildrenSarah McGuire, Paul McGuire
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow

Early lifeEdit

Born in Glasgow, McGuire was educated at the city's Our Lady and St Francis Secondary School (became part of St Mungo's Academy in 1988) on Charlotte Street and the University of Glasgow where she was awarded an MA in politics with history.[1] She went on to study for teacher training at the Notre Dame College of Education (merged with Craiglockhart College in 1981 to become the St Andrew's College of Education, then became part of the Faculty of Education of the University of Glasgow in 1999) in Bearsden, gaining a Diploma in Secondary Education.

She worked in the University Court of the University of Glasgow as both a registrar and a secretary from 1971 to 1974. In 1983, she joined Community Service Volunteers (CSV), initially as a teacher, then as a fieldworker. She left the organisation in 1993 as its national officer. Upon leaving CSV, she became the Deputy Director of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, where she remained until her election to the UK Parliament in 1997.

She was the parliamentary election agent for Norman Hogg at the 1979 general election at Dunbartonshire East, when he ousted the Scottish National Party's MP Margaret Bain (later Ewing). She remained as Hogg's election agent for the 1983, 1987 and 1992 elections in his new Cumbernauld and Kilsyth constituency. She was elected a councillor on Strathclyde Regional Council in 1980 and served for two years. She was a member of the Scottish Labour Party Executive from 1984 until 1997 and Chair of the Scottish Labour Party from 1992 to 1993. From 1987 until 1991, she was a member of the national executive of the GMB Union.

Parliamentary careerEdit

McGuire was selected to stand for election for Labour through an all-women shortlist.[2][3] She was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election when she ousted the then Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth by 6,411 votes. In the same year as her first election, she was rewarded by becoming the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Scotland Donald Dewar. A year later, she was appointed an Assistant Whip's office, becoming a Lord Commissioner to the Treasury in 2001. She became a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland in 2002, moving sideways to the Department for Constitutional Affairs in 2003. She served in the Department for Work and Pensions with responsibility for disabilities from 2005 to 2008. In October 2008, she stood down from the government and it was announced she would be appointed to the Privy Council.

On 10 October 2010, McGuire was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband, despite having backed his brother in the leadership campaign.[4] She later asked to step down for the role in order to be able to speak more freely, and became Labour's spokesperson on disabilities again before announcing her decision to stand down at the next election.[4]

She also served as a member of the Public Accounts Committee and as co-chair of the All-party group on Disability.

McGuire is a member of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), becoming its chair in May 2013 and was described by LFI director Jennifer Gerber as "a true friend of Israel".[5]

McGuire was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours.[6][7]

McGuire was described by the Daily Telegraph as "the ultimate loyalist" for never having rebelled once in Parliament.[4] She described votes over cutting benefits for single mothers as the closest she came to rebelling against the government and supporting the 2003 Iraq War most difficult decision she had to make.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

McGuire has been married to her husband, Len, since 12 February 1972 and they have a son and a daughter and live in Cumbernauld.[8] She is a keen linguist and speaks French and Gaelic. She enjoys Ceilidh dancing and is honorary vice-president of Glasgow University Shinty Club.[9]


  1. ^ Passmore, Valerie (15 June 2017). Dod's Parliamentary Companion: Guide to the General Election, 2005. Dod's Parliamentary Companion Limited. ISBN 9780905702575 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Anne McGuire". BBC News. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Election expenses called to account". The Guardian. London. 11 April 1999.
  4. ^ a b c d Prince, Rosa (30 January 2015). "Why I'm standing down from Parliament: Dame Anne McGuire". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Stirling MP Anne McGuire to chair Labour Friends of Israel". The Jewish Chronicle. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  6. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N8.
  7. ^ "2015 New Year Honours List" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Vote 2001 – Candidates - Anne McGuire". BBC News.
  9. ^ "Glasgow University Miscellany". Glasgow University Shinty Club. Archived from the original on 22 October 2009.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Forsyth
Member of Parliament
for Stirling

Succeeded by
Steven Paterson
Political offices
Preceded by
Maria Eagle
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People
Succeeded by
Jonathan Shaw
Preceded by
Margaret Curran
Shadow Minister for Disabled People
Succeeded by
Kate Green