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John MacKay, Baron MacKay of Ardbrecknish

John Jackson MacKay, Baron MacKay of Ardbrecknish PC DL (15 November 1938 – 21 February 2001) was a Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party politician.


The Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish

Minister of State for Social Security with special responsibility for War Pensions
In office
5 July 1995 – 4 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Department for Transport
In office
20 July 1994 – 5 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Lord-in-waiting
In office
27 May 1993 – 20 July 1994
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byThe Viscount Astor
Succeeded byThe Lord Annaly
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
6 April 1982 – 14 June 1987
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Member of Parliament
for Argyll and Bute
In office
9 June 1983 – 11 June 1987
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byRay Michie
Member of Parliament
for Argyll
In office
3 May 1979 – 9 June 1983
Preceded byIain MacCormick
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born(1938-11-15)15 November 1938
Died21 February 2001 (aged 62)
Wandsworth
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
OccupationPolitician

Early lifeEdit

He started his career as a mathematics teacher, becoming Head of Mathematics at Oban High School.

Political careerEdit

He was a Tory candidate for the Western Isles in the February 1974 election having, in the climate of the era, accepted he could realise his original Liberal Parliamentary ambitions only by joining the Conservatives. He contested Argyll in October 1974 and was Member of Parliament for the constituency from 1979 to 1983, and after boundary changes, for Argyll and Bute (UK Parliament constituency) from 1983 to 1987, when he lost the seat to the Liberal candidate Hon Mrs Ray Michie - the daughter of Lord Bannerman, a local Liberal.

MacKay was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland from 1982 to 1987 with responsibility for Health and Social Work and was Commons Scottish spokesman on Agriculture (which was the responsibility of the Earl of Mansfield sitting in the Lords). Against the advice of officials he supported a Private Member's Bill on solvent abuse, a scourge of the time, which became law in 1983. In Health he threw himself into the 1982 NHS strikes and a modernisation of mental health legislation.

House of LordsEdit

Following his defeat, he was given a life peerage as Baron MacKay of Ardbrecknish, of Tayvallich in the District of Argyll and Bute.[1] He rejoined the government as a Lord in Waiting in 1993. In January 1994, he joined the Department of Transport as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, being promoted later that year to become Minister of State at the Department of Social Security, a post he held until 1997. During this time he was held in high regard by both the civil servants who worked with him and by the ex-Service community with whom he had regular contact in his role as War Pensions Minister. In addition, he was sworn of the Privy Council in the 1996 Birthday Honours[2] and was appointed to be a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Glasgow on 7 January 1997.[3][4] In opposition, he served as Deputy Leader of the Conservative peers.

Styles of addressEdit

  • 1938–1979: Mr John MacKay
  • 1979–1987: Mr John MacKay MP
  • 1987–1991: Mr John MacKay
  • 1991–1996: The Rt Hon. The Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish
  • 1996–1997: The Rt Hon. The Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish PC
  • 1997–2001: The Rt Hon. The Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish PC DL

DeathEdit

He died in 2001 in Wandsworth at the age of 62.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 52590". The London Gazette. 1 July 1991. p. 10029.
  2. ^ "No. 54427". The London Gazette. 14 June 1996. p. 1.
  3. ^ "No. 54643". The London Gazette. 7 January 1997. p. 221.
  4. ^ "No. 24119". The Edinburgh Gazette. 7 January 1997. p. 1.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Iain MacCormick
Member of Parliament for Argyll
19791983
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Argyll and Bute
19831987
Succeeded by
Ray Michie
Political offices
Preceded by
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Minister of State for Education and Employment
1995–1997
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
The Viscount Astor
Lord-in-waiting
1994–1995
Succeeded by
The Lord Annaly
Preceded by
Unknown
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Department for Transport
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Unknown
Preceded by
John Allan Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
1982–1987
Succeeded by
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