Martin O'Neill, Baron O'Neill of Clackmannan
Martin John O'Neill, Baron O'Neill of Clackmannan (6 January 1945 – 26 August 2020) was a Scottish Labour politician who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1979 until 2005 and as a member of the House of Lords from 2005 until his death.
The Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan
O'Neill in 2018
|Chair of the Trade and Industry Select Committee|
27 November 1995 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Richard Caborn|
|Succeeded by||Peter Luff|
|Shadow Secretary of State for Defence|
14 June 1988 – 18 July 1992
|Preceded by||Denzil Davies|
|Succeeded by||David Clark|
|Member of the House of Lords|
14 June 2005 – 26 August 2020
|Member of Parliament |
Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire, 1979–1983)
4 May 1979 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||George Reid|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
Martin John O'Neill
6 January 1945
|Died||26 August 2020(aged 75)|
Elaine Marjorie Samuel
|Education||Trinity Academy, Edinburgh|
|Alma mater||Heriot-Watt University|
Early life and careerEdit
He was educated at Trinity Academy, Edinburgh, at the time a selective state school, and then Heriot-Watt University, where he attained a BA in economics. After leaving university, he worked as an insurance clerk and then became active in the Scottish Union of Students, including serving as its president from 1970 until 1971.
He married his wife Elaine Marjorie Samuel on 21 July 1973, with them going on to raise two sons together.
After unsuccessfully contesting Edinburgh North in October 1974, he was a Labour Member of Parliament between 1979 and 2005, representing the Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire, Clackmannan and Ochil seats successively. He was a shadow defence secretary and later was Chairman of the Trade and Industry select committee.
House of LordsEdit
He was a lifelong supporter of Hibernian F.C. and was a director of the club for a few years.
O'Neill was also a patron of Humanists UK, and was one of the fifty signatories to a letter published in The Guardian in 2010, which called for Pope Benedict XVI not to be given a state visit to the UK, and accused the Catholic Church of increasing the spread of AIDS and promoting segregated education.
O'Neill died in August 2020 at the age of 75.
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|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Clackmannan and Eastern Stirlingshire
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Clackmannan
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Ochil