Ann McKechin

Ann McKechin (born 22 April 1961)[1] is a former British Labour Party politician and was Member of Parliament (MP) for Glasgow Maryhill from 2001 until 2005 and Glasgow North from 2005 to 2015. She was a junior minister under Gordon Brown before becoming a member of Shadow Cabinet of Ed Miliband. She lost her seat to the Scottish National Party in the landslide at the 2015 general election.

Ann McKechin
McKechin in 2011
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
8 October 2010  7 October 2011
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byJim Murphy
Succeeded byMargaret Curran
Shadow Minister for Scotland
In office
11 May 2010  8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byTom Greatrex
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
16 September 2008  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byDavid Cairns
Succeeded byDavid Mundell
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North
Glasgow Maryhill (2001–2005)
In office
7 June 2001  30 March 2015
Preceded byMaria Fyfe
Succeeded byPatrick Grady
Personal details
Born (1961-04-22) 22 April 1961 (age 60)
Paisley, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde

Early life

Born in Paisley to Anne (née Coyle) and William Joseph McKechin, she was educated at Paisley Grammar School[2][3] and Sacred Heart High School, before studying Scots law at the University of Strathclyde. She joined the Glasgow-based Pacitti Jones solicitors in 1983 as a solicitor, becoming a partner in 1990, she left the practice in 2000.[4]

McKechin held several posts within the Glasgow Kelvin Labour Party from 1995, then the constituency of George Galloway, then a Labour MP. She was selected as a candidate for the 1999 European election, but failed to be elected.

Political career

She was elected to the House of Commons at the 2001 general election for the Glasgow Maryhill constituency, following the retirement of the previous Labour MP, Maria Fyfe. She retained the Maryhill seat with a majority of nearly 10,000 votes. In the boundary changes which came into force for the 2005 election, the Maryhill constituency was abolished, and McKechin was elected for the newly drawn Glasgow North constituency, but with a much-reduced majority of 3,338 over the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

In the House of Commons, McKechin served briefly as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jacqui Smith in 2005 in her capacity as Minister of State at both the Department of Trade and Industry and at the Department for Education and Skills. She also served on a number of select committees including; Scottish Affairs (2001–05) and International Development (since 2005). She replaced David Cairns as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Scotland Office on 16 September 2008.

In October 2010, McKechin was elected to the Shadow Cabinet and appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, but was replaced by Margaret Curran in shadow cabinet reshuffle on 7 October 2011.[5]

She lost her seat to Patrick Grady of the Scottish National Party at the 2015 general election.


  1. "Ann McKechin". Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  2. Dinwoodie, Robbie (25 May 2009). "When openness fails to reveal whole picture Westminster's 'redacting' system means crucial details will remain secret". The Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. "McKechin, Ann, (born 22 April 1961), Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Scottish Power, since 2017 | WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO". doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u41686. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  4. Profile, The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  5. Margaret Curran replaces Ann McKechin as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, New Statesman, October 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2014.