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Angus MacNeil

Angus Brendan MacNeil
Member of Parliament
for Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Calum MacDonald
Majority 4,102 (25.7%)
Personal details
Born (1970-07-21) 21 July 1970
Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Jane MacNeil[1]
Alma mater University of Strathclyde
Profession Engineer, reporter, teacher

Angus Brendan MacNeil (Scottish Gaelic: Aonghas Brianan MacNèill[2]) (born 21 July 1970) is the Scottish National Party (SNP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Na h-Eileanan an Iar.


  • Background 1
  • House of Commons 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


MacNeil was educated at Castlebay Secondary School, Barra, and the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, before graduating from Strathclyde University with a degree in civil engineering[3] in 1992. He played shinty whilst at university.[4] He worked as an engineer and as a reporter for BBC Radio Scotland before qualifying as a teacher in 1996 at Jordanhill College. His first post as a primary teacher was at Salen and Acharacle Primary Schools where he taught the first Gaelic Medium Class.[3]

House of Commons

Having been beaten by Labour's David Stewart at Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber in 2001, he was elected in the 2005 general election, defeating Calum MacDonald of the Labour Party.

In March 2006, MacNeil came to widespread public attention after lodging a formal complaint with the Metropolitan Police regarding the Labour Party Cash for Peerages scandal. In April 2006, he and former "anti-corruption" MP Martin Bell wrote to prime minister, Tony Blair calling for all appointments to the House of Lords to be suspended in the wake of the scandal.[5] In November 2006 he won the Best Scot at Westminster section of the Scottish Politician of the Year awards for instigating the inquiry into possible abuse of the honours system.[6] Mr MacNeil had the highest bill for travel in 2006-2007.[7] This is mainly due to the distance of his constituency from London as well as the disperse geographical layout of the constituency. He also received awards from the Spectator Magazine and the Political Studies Society for setting the political agenda in Britain during 2006. He is a member of the editorial board for political monthly Total Politics. MacNeil was re-elected to Parliament in 2010.

Following the 2015 general election it was announced in June 2015 that he would chair the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.,[8] and his appointment was formally announced on 18 June 2015.[9]

Personal life

In 2007, the Sunday Mail reported MacNeil had "kissed and fondled" two girls aged 17 and 18 in a hotel room while his pregnant wife was in hospital, in 2005.[10] Mr MacNeil said he bitterly regretted the incident and said he was angry it had diverted attention from the "substantial political issues" he had been pursuing. In a statement, MacNeil, then 36, apologised for the "embarrassment and hurt" caused to his family by his actions.


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Tobar an Dualchais". Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Angus MacNeil MP, MP for Na H-Eileanan An Iar". SNP website. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "MacNeil appeals for home support for shinty team".  
  5. ^ "MacNeil presses Blair over honours".  
  6. ^ "The SNP's Angus MacNeil was the Best Scot at Westminster for instigating an inquiry into possible abuse of the honours system.", The Herald; he later had to admit to his "foolishness" and lack of judgement regarding an incident in 2005, by confessing to an incident in a hotel room involving two teenage girls. [2] ("MP behind honours row admits drunken hotel romp with girls.") On 17 November 2006
  7. ^ Morris, Nigel (26 October 2007). "MPs claim £88m expenses on top of the £60,675 each gets in salary". Independent. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  8. ^ BBC News Scotland, 10 June 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Police probed MP spy allegations". BBC News. 10 April 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 

External links

  • Western Isles SNP
  • SNP profile
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Calum MacDonald
Member of Parliament for Na h-Eileanan an Iar
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