Saturday, 20 February 2010
Another Labour MP Calls Time
Tommy McAvoy, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West and the longest serving government whip, is standing down at the general election.
He was first elected to parliament in 1987 and currently holds his seat with a 16,112 majority, with the libdems and SNP very cool in his heels with 7,942 and 6,023 respectively.
Gordon Brown said Mr McAvoy had "tirelessly worked" for the people of his home town and he would be sorely missed in Lanarkshire and Westminster alike.
Jim Murphy said: "Tommy is not just an MP - he is an institution. He is the longest serving whip of all time.
"His job has been to steer laws through parliament to change people's lives. It is because of his work that Labour has been able to introduce so many changes which help so many people in different ways."
Different ways indeed - cutting the 10p tax, increasing surveillance of each and every one of us, introducing 'green' taxes as a way to fleece us, brainwashing our children, dumbing down our education system, sending our troops to fight in unnecessary wars - the list is endless.