Ann McKechin

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Ann McKechin
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
8 October 2010 – 7 October 2011
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Jim Murphy
Succeeded by Margaret Curran
Undersecretary of State for Scotland
In office
16 September 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by David Cairns
Succeeded by David Mundell
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North
Glasgow Maryhill (2001–2005)
In office
7 June 2001 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Maria Fyfe
Succeeded by Patrick Grady
Personal details
Born (1961-04-22) 22 April 1961 (age 61)
Paisley, Scotland
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Strathclyde
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website

Ann McKechin (born 22 April 1961)[1] is a former British Labour Party politician and was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 2001 to 2015, having represented the Glasgow North constituency from 2005 onwards.

Early life

Born in Paisley to William Joseph and Anne (née Coyle) McKechin, she was educated at Paisley Grammar School[citation needed] 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.[2]

Political career

She held several posts within the Glasgow Kelvin Labour Party from 1995—then the constituency of left-wing George Galloway. She was selected as a candidate (unsuccessful) for the 1999 European election. She was elected to the Commons at the 2001 general election for Glasgow Maryhill following the retirement of the sitting Labour MP, Maria Fyfe. She held the Maryhill seat with a majority of nearly 10,000. In the boundary changes which came into force for the 2005 election, Maryhill was abolished, and McKechin was elected for the newly drawn Glasgow North seat, but with a much reduced majority of 3,338 over the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

In Parliament she 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 has 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. [3]


  1. "Ann McKechin". Retrieved 21 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Profile,; accessed 8 April 2014.
  3. Margaret Curran replaces Ann McKechin as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland,, October 2011; accessed 8 April 2014.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Maria Fyfe
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Glasgow North
Succeeded by
Patrick Grady
Political offices
Preceded by
David Cairns
Undersecretary of State for Scotland
Succeeded by
David Mundell
Preceded by
Jim Murphy
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Succeeded by
Margaret Curran