Peter Doig (politician)
|Member of Parliament |
for Dundee West
|Preceded by||John Strachey|
|Succeeded by||Ernie Ross|
|Born||27 October 1911|
|Died||31 October 1996(aged 85)|
Doig was educated at Blackness School, Dundee before taking evening classes. He later became a sales supervisor. He joined the Labour Party in 1930. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Air Force. He was elected a Dundee town councillor for ten years, serving as honorary town treasurer.
Doig contested Aberdeen South in 1959. He was Member of Parliament for Dundee West from a 1963 by-election to 1979, preceding Ernie Ross. On 22 September 1963, Doig was chosen ahead of five other people to be the Labour Party candidate in the by-election. At the time he was a bakery supervisor and chairman of the Labour group on Dundee Town Council. He was also deputy chairman of the council.
In the 1970s Doig was one of a small number of Labour MPs who supported the restoration of capital punishment, and was reported to favour a "hard line" approach towards crime. In 1979, when chairing the Scottish Standing Committee of MPs he used his casting vote to support a Conservative proposal to give police in Scotland wider powers to search for offensive weapons.
- Dod's Parliamentary Companion 1966. Epsom, Surrey: Business Dictionaries Ltd. 1966. p. 391.
- "LABOUR PARTY CHOICE FOR BY-ELECTION - Dundee City Treasurer". The Herald. Glasgow. 23 September 1963. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- Trotter, Stuart (31 January 1979). "Casting vote storm over police powers". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Peter Doig