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Jimmy Hood MP

Member of Parliament
for Lanark and Hamilton East
Clydesdale (1987-2005)
Assumed office 
11 June 1987
Preceded by Judith Hart
Majority 11,947 (27.4%)

Born 16 May 1948 (1948-05-16) (age 61)
Lesmahagow, Scotland
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Marion McCleary
Alma mater University of Nottingham

James "Jimmy" Hood (born 16 May 1948) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Lanark and Hamilton East since 2005, and was first elected in 1987.


Early life

He was educated at the Lesmahagow Higher Grade School on School Road in Lesmahagow in South Lanarkshire, Coatbridge College, the Motherwell Technical College and University of Nottingham. He worked for 23 years as a mining engineer from 1964, the year he joined the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) until 1987. He became a NUM trade union official in 1973. During the Miners' Strike of 1984-5 he led the striking Nottinghamshire miners.

Parliamentary career

From 1973-87 he was on Ollerton Parish Council. In 1979 he was elected as a councillor to the Newark and Sherwood District Council and served until his election to Westminster. He has remained a backbencher throughout his parliamentary career, serving on various select committees, including the Defence 1997-2001.

In November 2008, Hood 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 Marion McCleary since 1967 and they have a son and a daughter and two grandchildren. He suffered a heart attack in 1998.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Judith Hart
Member of Parliament for Clydesdale
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Lanark and Hamilton East


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