John McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith

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The Right Honourable
The Lord McFall of Alcluith
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Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee
In office
18 July 2001 – 6 May 2010
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Gordon Brown
Preceded by Giles Radice
Succeeded by Andrew Tyrie
Member of Parliament
for West Dunbartonshire
Dumbarton (1987–2005)
In office
12 June 1987 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Ian Campbell
Succeeded by Gemma Doyle
Personal details
Born (1944-10-04) 4 October 1944 (age 75)
Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour Co-operative
Alma mater University of Strathclyde, Open University

John Francis McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith PC (born 4 October 1944) is a British Labour Co-operative politician. He was a member of parliament (MP) from 1987 to 2010, first for Dumbarton and then from 2005 for West Dunbartonshire. He was best known for being the chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee.

Early life

McFall went to a boys' school, St Patrick's Secondary School (since merged with Notre Dame High School to form Our Lady & St Patrick's High School), on Hawthornhill Road in Castlehill, Dumbarton, leaving without any qualifications at 15. His father was a school caretaker and his mother had a newsagents shop, which sparked his (later) interest in how to run businesses. He worked for the local Parks Department in Dumbarton and then in a factory. At the age of 24, he studied at Paisley College of Technology (now the University of the West of Scotland) receiving a BSc in Chemistry. In 1977 he wanted to widen his knowledge away from science and obtained a BA from the Open University in Education and Philosophy. He was a chemistry and maths teacher from 1974–87 in Dumbarton, Kirkintilloch and Glasgow, becoming a deputy-head in Glasgow and Secretary of his Constituency Labour Party before he entered Parliament. Whilst a teacher he completed a part-time course over three years at the University of Strathclyde for an MBA. In 1994, he became a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University Business School, and now is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board at the University of Glasgow Business School. He is a member of the GMB Union.

Political career

He was first elected for the Dumbarton constituency, Scotland, at the 1987 general election, after the previous MP, Ian Campbell retired. His original majority was a little over 2,000. Dumbarton constituency was replaced with the new West Dunbartonshire constituency for the 2005 general election, which McFall won with a majority over 12,500.

He was a whip and junior minister (for Education, Training and Employment, Health and Community Relations, then in 1999 for Economy and Education) at the Northern Ireland Office from 1998–9.

In 2001 he was appointed Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, and reappointed for a second term in this position in 2005. The committee conducted inquiries into the banking crisis, producing evidence of the bonus culture, the lack of banking qualifications among many top bankers and poor oversight of the industry by the Financial Services Authority.

On 29 January 2010, McFall announced his intention to stand down as an MP at the 2010 general election.[1]

On 17 June 2010, he was created a life peer as Baron McFall of Alcluith, of Dumbarton in the County of Dunbartonshire,[2] and was introduced in the House of Peers on 6 July 2010.[3]

He is currently the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Overseas Development (Apgood).[4]


He is Chair of the Scotch Whisky and Spirits APPG and of the Royal Navy APPG.

He is Chairman of Strathleven Regeneration Company (which he helped to set up) and of Clydebank re-built, two development companies based in his constituency.

He gave his backing to Dumpster Kids, a not-for-profit organisation aimed at rescuing abandoned children, in January 2011.

Personal life

He is married to Joan, a teacher from Dumbarton, with four children. He has run marathons, although not in the last ten years.


See also


  1. "'Consumer champion' MP to stand down". BBC News. 29 January 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. The London Gazette: no. 59466. p. 11706. 22 June 2010.
  3. House of Lords Business, 22 June 2010

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Campbell
Member of Parliament for Dumbarton
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for West Dunbartonshire
Succeeded by
Gemma Doyle