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Gordon James McMaster (13 February 1960 – 28 July 1997) was a Scottish politician.

Gordon McMaster

Member of Parliament
for Paisley South
In office
29 November 1990 – 28 July 1997
Preceded byNorman Buchan
Succeeded byDouglas Alexander
Personal details
Born(1960-02-13)13 February 1960
Johnstone, Renfrewshire
Died28 July 1997(1997-07-28) (aged 37)
Political partyLabour

Born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, he was elected as Labour Member of Parliament for Paisley South at a by-election in 1990, following the death of Norman Buchan, and retained the seat until his own death in 1997. McMaster had previously been leader of Renfrew District Council.


McMaster campaigned for the rights of disabled people and against recreational drug use during his time in Parliament. He served as an opposition whip.


McMaster committed suicide on 28 July 1997. He had been robbed in London shortly before his death. His suicide note named neighbouring MP Tommy Graham as being responsible for smearing him over an alleged homosexual relationship. This was denied by Graham, who was subsequently expelled from the Labour Party.[1]


  1. ^ Gordon McMaster was not my enemy, says suspended MP, Euan McColm and Peter Macmahon, The Scotsman, 1997-09-18

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