Brian Donohoe


Brian Donohoe

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constituency_MP = Central Ayrshire
Cunninghame South (1992-2005)
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majority = 10,423 (24.3%)
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Brian Harold Donohoe (born 10 September 1948) is a British politician and former trade union official. He is the Scottish Labour Party Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire.

Early life

Born in Kilmarnock and educated at the Patna and Loudoun Montgomery Primary Schools, and the Irvine Royal Academy, Donohoe later attended the Kilmarnock Technical College, where he received a national certificate in Engineering in 1972. He was an apprentice fitter and turner at the Ailsa Shipyard from 1965, before becoming a draughtsman in 1969. In 1977 he spent a few months as an engineer at the Hunterston nuclear power plant, before joining ICI Organics Division as a draughtsman later in the year.

In 1981 Donohoe became a district officer for the National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO), where he remained until his election to Westminster.

An active trade unionist, he was a convenor for the Technical, Administrative and Supervisory Section (TASS) 1969-81. He was elected as the treasurer of the Cunninghame South Constituency Labour Party for eight years in 1983.

Parliamentary career

Donohoe was elected to the House of Commons at the 1992 General Election for the Cunninghame South seat on the retirement of the sitting Labour MP David Lambie. Donohoe held the seat with a majority of 10,680, and has been an MP since. He made his maiden speech on 13 May 1992 [http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199293/cmhansrd/1992-05-13/Debate-5.html] . In parliament he served as a member of the Transport Select Committee, in its various forms, from 1993 until 2005. He has been a member of the Administration Select Committee since the 2005 General Election.

Personal life

He has been married to Christine Pawson since 1973 and they have two sons. He takes a particular interest in renationalising the British railway system. He is also a devoted fan of the television soap opera "Coronation Street". Donohoe's seat of Cunninghame South was abolished, and since 2005 he has represented the redrawn seat of Ayrshire Central.

External links

* [http://www.epolitix.com/EN/MPWebsites/Brian+Donohoe ePolitix - Brian Donohoe] official site
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-1434,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Brian Donohoe MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/brian_h_donohoe/ayrshire_central TheyWorkForYou.com - Brian Donohoe MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/677.stm BBC Politics]


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