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John David McWilliam

Member of Parliament
for Blaydon
In office
3 May 1979 – 5 May 2005
Preceded by Robert Woof
Succeeded by David Anderson

Born 16 May 1941(1941-05-16)
Died 14 November 2009 (aged 68)
Nationality Birtish
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Lesley Catling (1985-1991) div.
Mary McLoughlin (1994-1997) div.
Helena Lovegreen (1998-2009)
Alma mater Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University

John David McWilliam (16 May 1941 – 14 November 2009)[1] was a British Labour politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Blaydon from 1979 until he stood down at the 2005 UK general election.


Early life

Born in Grangemouth, he went to Leith Academy in Leith, then Heriot Watt College and Napier College of Science and Technology.

McWilliam joined the Labour party in 1964,[2] and prior to his election he worked as a telephone engineer.[3]

Parliamentary career

McWilliam was elected at the 1979 election just as the Callaghan government left office. He served briefly as deputy shadow leader of the House of Commons, before becoming an opposition whip. He resigned from this role in 1987 in protest at the sacking of two of his colleagues.[3]

McWilliam served on the Defence Select Committee for 12 years, between 1987 and 1999.[2]

He stood down at the 2005 general election after 26 years as an MP, and returned to living in Scotland where he died in November 2009.[4]

Personal life

He married Lesley Catling on February 2 1985. They had two daughters and divorced in 1991. He married Mary McLoughlin on March 31 1994. They divorced in 1997. He married Helena Lovegreen in March 1998. His first wife sued him for constructive dismissal in 2001.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Woof
Member of Parliament for Blaydon
Succeeded by
David Anderson

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