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John McNally (politician)

John McNally (born 1951) is a Scottish National Party politician. At the 2015 general election he was elected to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Falkirk.[1]

John McNally
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Member of Parliament
for Falkirk
In office
8 May 2015 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byEric Joyce
Succeeded byElection in progress
Personal details
Born (1951-02-01) 1 February 1951 (age 68)
Denny, Scotland
Political partyScottish National Party

Political careerEdit

McNally joined the SNP in 2000.[2] He first became an elected representative in Falkirk council after winning the Herbertshire by-election in 2005.[3] Until this point, the SNP were unable to make a breakthrough in this area.[4]

He stood as a candidate in the Falkirk constituency in the 2010 general election, finishing second behind Labour's Eric Joyce.[5]

In 2015, McNally was elected with a vote of 34,831, a majority of 19,701 over his nearest rival.[6] These numbers were the largest vote for a Scottish MP in the 2015 General Election, the largest majority for a Scottish MP in the 2015 General Election,[2] the 93rd largest majority in the UK in 2015,[citation needed] and the highest number of votes polled for any SNP candidate in any election in the history of the party.[citation needed]

McNally retained his Falkirk seat in the 2017 general election with a vote of 20,952 and a reduced majority of 4,923.[7]

On 18 October 2017, McNally attracted media attention when during Prime Minister's Questions he held out a red card in the Chamber while questioning why Scottish Conservative MP Douglass Ross had skipped a debate on Universal Credit to act as an assistant referee in a Champions League football match in Spain.[8][9] He asked Prime Minister Theresa May, "What signal does she think this sends to hard working members of the public who are expected to turn up for their day job or face sanctions?" May responded that Scottish Conservative MPs had done "more" for the interests of Scotland than the SNP had ever done.[10]

He is the SNP Spokesperson for the Environment,[11] and has drawn attention to issues such as unsustainable fishing and proper disposal of recyclable waste.[12][13]

He was one of 114 MPs who voted against the triggering of Article 50.[14]

He is a member of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom Environmental Audit Select Committee.[11]

John is the Chair of the Hair All-party Parliamentary Group on the Hair Industry.[15] He is currently campaigning for the introduction of mandatory registration in the Hair industry to combat modern slavery and protect consumers from untrained and unqualified practitioners.

He is a member of the All-party Parliamentary Group on Disability, he has consistently campaigned on behalf of Changing Places toilets.[16]

He is a supporter of Arthritis Research UK.[17]

He signed the TIE (Time for Inclusive Education) pledge to support their call for LGBT-inclusive education.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

A barber shop owner for over 30 years from Denny, he and his wife Sandra have two children.[19]

In 2016 McNally revealed that he had suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning while staying at a rented house in London, and feels that only a "rickety window" had prevented him from dying by ventilating the property. He used the experience to highlight the need for carbon monoxide detectors.[20]


  1. ^ "Falkirk 2015 General Election results". BBC. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Buchanan, Jill (14 May 2015). "Barber John McNally cuts Labour in Falkirk and wins largest majority in Scotland for SNP". Falkirk Herald. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  3. ^ Coulter, Laura (18 August 2005). "SNP romps to massive by-election victory". Falkirk Herald. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Johnny4Falkirk BIO". FK1 Biz. 12 May 2015. Archived from the original on 19 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. ^ McCall, Chris (16 January 2015). "John McNally chosen as SNP General Election candidate for Falkirk". Falkirk Herald. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Falkirk County Election Results 2015". Falkirk Council. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Falkirk parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  8. ^ Mann, Sebastian (19 October 2017). "Tory MP Douglas Ross skips welfare vote to be linesman at Barcelona football match". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  9. ^ "'Red card' for refereeing Tory MP". BBC News. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Tory MP Shown Red Card At PMQs After Skipping Universal Credit Debate To Referee Football Match". HuffPost UK. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  11. ^ a b "John McNally MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Tesco, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer have raised major concerns about 'sustainable' tuna". The Independent. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Scots urged to recycle more food waste to help reduce council cuts". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Full list of MPs who voted against triggering Article 50". 1 February 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups- Hair Industry". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Falkirk MP praised for highlighting Changing Places Campaign". Falkirk Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Who are your Arthritis Champions? | Arthritis Research UK". Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  18. ^ "TIE Campaign Pledge". Time for Inclusive Education (TIE). Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  19. ^ Buchanan, Jill (8 May 2015). "Landslide win for SNP in Falkirk". Falkirk Herald. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  20. ^ "How draughty windows saved SNP MP John McNally's life - Sunday Post". Sunday Post. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2018.

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