Michael McCann (politician)

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Michael McCann
Member of Parliament for
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
In office
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byAdam Ingram
Succeeded byLisa Cameron
Personal details
Born (1964-01-02) 2 January 1964 (age 56)
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland[1]
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Tracey Anne McCann[2]

Michael McCann (born 2 January 1964)[3] is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow 2010–2015. He was formerly a councillor in South Lanarkshire, serving on the planning and estates committees.

Political career[edit]

McCann was elected as a councillor in South Lanarkshire in 2003 and 2007.

McCann was elected to the UK Parliament in 2010. He won the East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow seat, succeeding Adam Ingram.[4] McCann was chairman of the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Party.[5] He served on the International Development Committee in the 2010–2015 Parliament[6]

McCann is known to be a fierce critic of the SNP, and ruled out any formal post-election deal with them in March 2015[5] He lost the seat in 2015 to the Scottish National Party's Lisa Cameron, part of the landslide 56 SNP MPs returned on 7 May 2015. McCann belongs to the Labour Friends of Israel lobby group.[7]

McCann endorsed the Conservative candidate and former Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling in the 2019 general election.[8] Former MSP for East Kilbride Andy Kerr described hi, at a meeting of the Scottish Labour Party as the "dumbest Fenian in the Labour movement"


  1. ^ "Who's Who". ukwhoswho.com.
  2. ^ "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests - Part 2: Part 2". parliament.uk.
  3. ^ "Michael McCann MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Michael McCann elected to serve Strathaven". s1Strathaven. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b Leftly, Mark (22 March 2015). "'No deal with SNP' says chair of Scottish Labour MPs, Michael McCann". Independent. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Michael McCann". Parliament UK. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  7. ^ "LFI Supporters in Parliament". Labour Friends of Israel. 23 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Michael McCann endorses Chris Grayling". Retrieved 29 November 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Adam Ingram
Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow
Succeeded by
Lisa Cameron