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Brian Donohoe MP

Member of Parliament
for Central Ayrshire
Cunninghame South (1992-2005)
Assumed office 
9 April 1992
Preceded by David Lambie
Majority 10,423 (24.3%)

Born 10 September 1948 (1948-09-10) (age 61)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Christine Pawson

Brian Harold Donohoe (born 10 September 1948) is a British politician and former trade union official. He is the Scottish Labour Party Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire.


Early life

Born in Kilmarnock and educated at the Patna and Loudoun Montgomery Primary Schools, and the Irvine Royal Academy, Donohoe later attended the Kilmarnock Technical College, where he received a national certificate in Engineering in 1972. He was an apprentice fitter and turner at the Ailsa Shipyard in Troon from 1965, before becoming a draughtsman in 1969. In 1977 he spent a few months as an engineer at the Hunterston nuclear power plant, before joining ICI Organics Division as a draughtsman later in the year.

In 1981 Donohoe became a district officer for the National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO), where he remained until his election to Westminster.

An active trade unionist, he was a convenor for the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (TASS) 1969-81. He was elected as the treasurer of the Cunninghame South Constituency Labour Party for eight years in 1983.

Parliamentary career

Donohoe was elected to the House of Commons at the 1992 General Election for the Cunninghame South seat on the retirement of the sitting Labour MP David Lambie. Donohoe held the seat with a majority of 10,680, and has been an MP since. He made his maiden speech on 13 May 1992.[1] In parliament he served as a member of the Transport Select Committee, in its various forms, from 1993 until 2005. He has been a member of the Administration Select Committee since the 2005 General Election.

In November 2008, Donohoe was one of 18 MPs who signed a Commons motion backing a Team GB football team at the 2012 Olympics, saying football "should not be any different from other competing sports and our young talent should be allowed to show their skills on the world stage". The football governing bodies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all opposed to a Great Britain team, fearing it would stop them competing as individual nations in future tournaments.

Personal life

He has been married to Christine Pawson since 1973 and they have two sons. He takes a particular interest in renationalising the British railway system. He is also a devoted fan of the television soap opera Coronation Street. Donohoe's seat of Cunninghame South was abolished, and since 2005 he has represented the redrawn seat of Ayrshire Central.


  1. ^ "Hansard". House of Commons. 13 May 1992. Retrieved 28 March 2009.  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Lambie
Member of Parliament for Cunninghame South
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire


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