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Neil Maclean (1875 – 12 September 1953) was a Scottish socialist and a Member of Parliament for Govan in Glasgow.

Maclean was the first Secretary of the Socialist Labour Party, but was expelled in 1908 for supporting what the party considered a reformist measure, the advocacy of the right to work, even under a capitalist system.[1]

A member of the Independent Labour Party (ILP), Maclean worked closely with other socialists in the Glasgow area, and as such he is viewed as being part of the Red Clydeside period. Like many other Red Clydesiders, he was a conscientious objector in the First World War. He was greatly influential to Manny Shinwell in persuading him of the virtues of socialism.

An organiser for the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, in the 1918 General Election Maclean was elected to the House of Commons to represent the Govan seat in Glasgow. When many of his fellow ILP Clydesiders left the Labour Party, Maclean remained a Labour MP. He retired from Parliament in 1950 when he could not secure his renomination. He was offered a seat in the House of Lords but declined due to his socialist principles. He was awarded a CBE.

His nephew is the American raconteur Kenneth Keith Kallenbach.

His grandson is Murray Maclean, a retired solicitor and the former chair of the Alvis Register for 12/50 vintage cars.


  1. ^ Tony Cliff, Lenin

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Political offices
Preceded by
New position
Secretary of the Socialist Labour Party
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Daniel Turner Holmes
MP for Glasgow Govan
Succeeded by
Jack Browne


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