John McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith
John Francis McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith PC (born 4 October 1944) is a British politician, who currently serves as the Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. He was previously a Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament from 1987 to 2010, first for Dumbarton and then from 2005 for West Dunbartonshire. He also served as Chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee.
The Lord McFall of Alcluith
|Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
1 September 2016
|Lord Speaker||The Lord Fowler|
|Preceded by||The Lord Laming (as Chairman of Committees)|
|Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee|
18 July 2001 – 6 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Giles Radice|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Tyrie|
|Lord Commissioner of the Treasury|
8 May 1997 – 28 July 1998
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Bowen Wells|
|Succeeded by||Jane Kennedy|
|Born||4 October 1944|
|Labour Co-operative (until 2016)|
|Alma mater||University of Strathclyde, Open University|
McFall went to a boys' school, St Patrick's Secondary School (since merged with Notre Dame High School to form Our Lady & St Patrick's High School), on Hawthornhill Road in Castlehill, Dumbarton, leaving without any qualifications at 15. His father was a school caretaker and his mother had a newsagents shop, which sparked his (later) interest in how to run businesses. He worked for the local Parks Department in Dumbarton and then in a factory.
At the age of 24, he studied at Paisley College of Technology (now the University of the West of Scotland) receiving a BSc in Chemistry. In 1977, he wanted to widen his knowledge away from science and obtained a BA from the Open University in Education and Philosophy. He was a chemistry and maths teacher from 1974–87 in Dumbarton, Kirkintilloch and Glasgow, becoming a deputy-head in Glasgow and Secretary of his Constituency Labour Party before he entered Parliament. Whilst a teacher he completed a part-time course over three years at the University of Strathclyde for an MBA. In 1994, he became a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University Business School, and now is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board at the University of Glasgow Business School. He is a member of the GMB Union.
He was first elected for the Dumbarton constituency, Scotland, at the 1987 general election, after the previous MP, Ian Campbell retired. His original majority was a little over 2,000. Dumbarton constituency was replaced with the new West Dunbartonshire constituency for the 2005 general election, which McFall won with a majority over 12,500.
In 2001 he was appointed Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, and reappointed for a second term in this position in 2005. The committee conducted inquiries into the banking crisis, producing evidence of the bonus culture, the lack of banking qualifications among many top bankers and poor oversight of the industry by the Financial Services Authority.
He is currently the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Overseas Development (Apgood).
He is Chair of the Scotch Whisky and Spirits All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and of the Royal Navy APPG.
He was Chairman of Strathleven Regeneration Company and of Clydebank re-built, two development companies based in his constituency.
He gave his backing to Dumpster Kids, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at rescuing abandoned children, in January 2011.
He is married to Joan, a teacher from Dumbarton, with four children. He has run marathons, although not in the last ten years.
- "'Consumer champion' MP to stand down". BBC News. 29 January 2010.
- "No. 59466". The London Gazette. 22 June 2010. p. 11706.
- House of Lords Business, 22 June 2010
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- House of Lords Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 21 July 2016
- Official Website
- Guardian Unlimited Politics – Ask Aristotle: John McFall MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com – John McFall MP
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John McFall
- BBC Politics Profile
- Treasury Select Committee
- 4 May 2008 – Treasury hard man is really a softy at heart
- 20 April 2008 – Norwich Union with-profits: Deadlocked
- 19 April 2008 – John McFall urges clarity on tax rates
- 15 April 2008 – John McFall speaks about abolition of 10p tax rate[permanent dead link]
- 7 April 2008 – Government must gauge effect of winter heating payments on fuel poverty
- 26 March 2008 – John McFall speaks about Northern Rock regulator's failure on BBC Breakfast[permanent dead link]
- 10 March 2008 – Added value
- 5 March 2008 – Helping people back into work
- 3 March 2008 – McFall cut up credit card over insurance letters[permanent dead link]
- 3 March 2008 – Banks "refused to believe the good times were about to end"
- Telegraph interview December 2007
- Criticising banks in 2006 for being unsympathetic
- Advising that bank ATMs should explicitly mention charges in 2005
- Little praise for the savings industry in 2004
- Talking about endowment mortgage shortfalls in 2004[permanent dead link]
- High credit card charges in 2003
- Confusing bank charges in 2002
- New Economy minister in Northern Ireland in 1999
- Wanting lifelong learning in Northern Ireland in 1998
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Dumbarton
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for West Dunbartonshire
The Lord Laming
as Chairman of Committees
| Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords