Foulkes to Lord it up

The Mirror, 30/04/2005, p2


RETIRING Scots MP George Foulkes leads a list of Scots politicians who are being made peers.
The Ayrshire MP, whose seat disappeared through electoral re-organisation, is being elevated to the House of Lords by Tony Blair as reward for his contribution to politics.
He is one of 16 Labour stalwarts being made Lords, along with five each from the Tory party and the Lib Dems.
An official announcement is expected today.
Joining him is fellow Scots MP Lewis Moonie, whose Kirkcaldy seat was axed to make way for Chancellor Gordon Brown to stand again in a newly-created boundary.
Edinburgh-born Martin O’Neill, who had served Ochil and Perthshire South for Labour, and the Lib Dem stalwart Sir Archy Kirkwood, are also elevated to the House.
Last night a source close to Mr Foulkes told the Mirror: “An official announcement is still to be made but I’m sure George would be honoured to take a place in the Lords.”
Mr Foulkes, now chairman of Hearts FC, has represented Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley since 1979.
His majority of 21,062 was the largest in Scotland at the May 1997 election.
Throughout the 80s, he was among Labour’s most partisan front benchers.
He admitted he was not scared to court controversy, saying: “There will always be a danger that I’ll end up with my foot in my mouth but it’s a risk well worth taking.”
There was, however, no peerage for former Linlithgow MP Tam Dalyell, who retires as Father of the House.
He has been an outspoken critic on the Government’s war in Iraq.

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