|Member of the European Parliament|
for Mid Scotland and Fife
14 June 1984 – 10 June 1999
|Preceded by||John Purvis|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Born||1 April 1940|
|Died||12 August 2012 72)(aged|
|Campaign for Socialism|
He was a campaigner on international development, globalisation, equalities, human rights and environmental issues. He was prominent in leading a number of campaigns throughout the Margaret Thatcher years, including against the poll tax and water privatisation.
Early life and career
Born in 1940, Alex Falconer left school without any formal qualifications. His first employment was as a lodge boy in the Blackness Foundry in Dundee. After being made redundant in 1958, he joined the Royal Navy, in which he served for nine years. After a short period as a labourer in the Ministry of Public Building and Works, and a year as a stoker in a Dunfermline hospital, he joined Rosyth Dockyard as a lagger in 1969. He became a shop steward in 1970, and served on many negotiating committees in the Civil Service.
Falconer joined the Labour Party in 1973, and was a Scottish Labour Party Conference delegate, on behalf of the Transport and General Workers' Union, from 1975 until he was elected as an MEP. He also served as chairman of Fife Trades Council.
In the European Parliament, he supported the cause of striking miners against the Thatcher government and the cause of people who had contracted pleural plaque because of exposure to asbestos, having set a legal precedent when he took forward his own case. He foiled proposals for European secrecy laws by getting himself made rapporteur and then being unable to complete his report because the information he requested was not made available. He also made himself a target for neo-fascist ire, after campaigning against a visit to Edinburgh by Jean-Marie Le Pen of the French National Front. His aide for five years was the newly-graduated Richard Leonard, a future Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
He was a staunch supporter of the founding principles of the Labour Party, fighting for the retention of Labour's commitment to common ownership and redistribution. He supported Tony Benn in the 1988 Labour Party leadership election and was a founding member of the Scottish Labour grouping Campaign for Socialism in 1994.
During his period of office, he served on several European Parliamentary committees – Economic Monetary and Industrial Policy; Environmental and Public Health and Safety; Legal Affairs and Citizens Rights; Regional Policy; and External Trade and Relations.
- "Publications by Alex Falconer", pamphlets including "The Democratic Deficit" (1991), "Usage and Abusage of the Wealth of Nations" (1992), "Global Village Economics" (1995), "Beyond the Wealth of Nations" (1997), and "The Ill Divided World" (1999).
- "Politicians pay tribute to campaigner Falconer". The Herald. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
- "EuroExaminer 14"
- "Former Fife Labour MEP Alex Falconer who was friends with Gordon Brown dies" STV
- "Statewatch Jan 1993"
- "The Falcon has his feathers ruffled"
- Brown, Annie (26 May 2018). "Richard Leonard tells how 38 years in Scotland fuelled his dream of change". dailyrecord. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
- "Tributes paid to former MEP Alex Falconer" BBC
| Member of the European Parliament for Mid Scotland & Fife
1984 – 1999