Iain McNicol

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Iain McNicol
General Secretary of the Labour Party
Assumed office
19 July 2011
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Harriet Harman (acting)
Ed Miliband
Preceded by Ray Collins
Personal details
Born (1969-08-17) 17 August 1969 (age 49)
Political party Labour
Alma mater Dundee Institute of Technology
Occupation Political organiser, trade unionist

Iain McNicol (born 17 August 1969) is a British Labour politician and trade unionist. He serves as the General Secretary of his party, moving on from the position as National Political Officer of the GMB Union. He has a long history of organising in both the Labour Party and the trade union movement.[1]

McNicol began his involvement in political organising as president of the Student Union at Dundee Institute of Technology from 1991 to 1993.

He then moved to the Labour Party, first in an elected role as National Campaigns and Membership Officer for Labour Students, and then as an organiser and agent in West London from 1994 to 1997.

Following the Labour Party’s electoral victory in 1997, McNicol served as a research, organisation, and political officer with the GMB Union, in 1998 he was appointed as a regional organiser for its Southern Region.

McNicol continued in that role until 2004, when he was promoted to National Political Officer. He served in that capacity through to 2011, coordinating the political strategy of the union and representing its members’ interests in both the public and private sector.

On 19 July 2011, Labour’s National Executive Committee selected McNicol to become the party’s next general secretary.[1]

Personal life

McNicol is married and has a son and daughter. He holds a blackbelt in karate.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Iain McNicol named as new Labour general secretary". BBC. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Ray Collins
General Secretary of the Labour Party