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The Right Honourable
 Tommy McAvoy 

Assumed office 
5 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Nick Brown

Member of Parliament
for Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Glasgow Rutherglen (1987-2005)
Assumed office 
11 June 1987
Preceded by James Gregor Mackenzie
Majority 16,112 (37.2%)

Born 14 December 1943 (1943-12-14) (age 66)
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour Co-operative

Thomas McLaughlin McAvoy (born 14 December 1943) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West since 2005. McAvoy is currently Deputy Chief Whip of the Government otherwise known as 'Treasurer of the Household'.

McAvoy worked as a storeman at the Hoover factory in Cambuslang, and was a shop steward for the Amalgamated Engineering Union; following the succession of trade union mergers, he is now a member of Unite the Union (Amicus Section). McAvoy and his wife Eleanor have four sons.

In 1982 McAvoy was elected to Strathclyde Regional Council, and served until elected to the U.K. Parliament in 1987 as the Labour Co-operative member for Glasgow, Rutherglen. Since 2005, he has sat as the member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West.

He was an opposition whip from 1990 to 1993 and again from 1996 to 1997. According to the The Guardian: "...[his] personal crusades have been for peace in Northern Ireland and against abortion" (Andrew Roth, The Guardian).

When the Labour Party came into government in 1997, McAvoy was appointed as Comptroller of HM Household, the third highest position in the Government Whips' office. He retained the same job until 2008, becoming one of the longest serving Comptrollers in history. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2003. In October 2008, he was promoted to Treasurer of the Household and Deputy Chief Whip.

McAvoy has achieved the rare feat among whips of remaining popular with Labour MPs. An early day motion in July 2006 noted "the difficult task he has of securing government business whilst accommodating the parliamentary, political and personal requirements of 352 Labour colleagues" and congratulated him for "the respect he has earned from all sides of the House for his ability to perform these duties"; it was signed by 135 MPs.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Gregor Mackenzie
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Rutherglen
Succeeded by
constituency abolished
Preceded by
new constituency
Member of Parliament for Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy Wood
Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
John Spellar
Preceded by
Nick Brown
Treasurer of the Household


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