The Lord Moonie
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence|
31 January 2001 – 13 June 2003
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Sec. of State||Geoff Hoon|
|Preceded by||Peter Kilfoyle|
|Succeeded by||Ivor Caplin|
|Member of the House of Lords |
|Assumed office |
22 June 2005
|Member of Parliament |
12 June 1987 – 11 April 2005
|Preceded by||Harry Gourlay|
|Succeeded by||Constituency Abolished|
|Born||25 February 1947|
|Political party||Independent (2019–)|
Labour Co-operative (until 2019)
|Spouse(s)||Sheila Ann Burt|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
University of St Andrews
He attended the Grove Academy in Dundee. He studied medicine at the Bute Medical School, University of St Andrews graduating with a MB ChB in 1970. In 1981 he graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MSc in community medicine. He also became DPM in 1975, MRCPsych in 1979 and MFCM in 1984. From 1982 to 1986, he was a councillor on Fife Regional Council.
From 1973 to 1975 he was a trainee registrar in psychiatry. From 1975 to 1980 he was a research clinical pharmacologist and a medical advisor in the pharmaceutical industry in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Edinburgh. From 1980 to 1984, he was a trainee in community medicine for the Fife Health Board, becoming a Community Medicine Specialist from 1984 to 1987.
He was elected at the 1987 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Kirkcaldy, and served until he retired from the House of Commons at the 2005 general election. He served as a junior minister at the Ministry of Defence.
The 'Cash for Influence' Scandal
In late-January 2009 The Sunday Times involved Lord Moonie in a classic 'sting operation'. Along with three other Labour peers, Lord Moonie was approached by a reporter. Of the four, Lord Moonie was the only one subsequently cleared by the House of Lords Sub-committee on Lords' Interests.
In the newspaper sting, "Moonie said he would contact Healey and offered to identify people who could put down an amendment." He quoted an annual fee for his assistance of £30,000. Lord Moonie is quoted as saying "I did not agree to amend the legislation. I agreed to seek to help to find a way of trying to amend the legislation."
The House of Lords Sub-committee on Lords' Interests was asked to report on the matter. It found that "on the standard of proof that we have set, we do not find that Lord Moonie expressed a clear willingness to breach the Code by promoting amendments on behalf of lobbyists in return for payment."
He married Sheila Ann Burt on 28 December 1971. They have two sons.
- "No. 57685". The London Gazette. 27 June 2005. p. 8317.
- Whispered over tea and cake: price for a peer to fix the law, Sunday Times, 25 January 2009
- Lords Sub-Committee on Lords Interests Report
- The Conduct of Lord Moonie, Lord Snape, Lord Truscott and Lord Taylor of Blackburn Lords Privileges Committee Report
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Kirkcaldy
1987 – 2005
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Lord Jones of Cheltenham
The Lord Smith of Finsbury