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Hugh Gaffney

Hugh Gaffney

Official portrait of Hugh Gaffney crop 2.jpg
Official parliamentary portrait, June 2017
Member of Parliament
for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byPhil Boswell
Majority1,586 (3.5%)
Personal details
Born (1963-08-10) 10 August 1963 (age 56)
Uddingston, Scotland, UK
Political partyLabour

Hugh Lawrence Gaffney MP (born 10 August 1963)[1] is a Scottish Labour Party politician. He has been and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill since the 2017 general election.[2] He was also a local government councillor on North Lanarkshire Council from 2017 until July 2019.

Early life

Gaffney was raised in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire; he has three brothers and two sisters. He is married and has three sons.[3] Since he was in his twenties, until being elected, Gaffney worked for Royal Mail and Parcelforce,[4] and wore his former work uniform to Westminster on his first day in the House of Commons.[5]

Political career

Gaffney was elected to the North Lanarkshire Council in 2017,[6] representing the Thorniewood ward.[7] In the 2017 general election, he stood as the Labour candidate for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, defeating the incumbent Scottish National Party MP Phil Boswell.

In November 2017 Gaffney supported Richard Leonard to succeed Kezia Dugdale to be Scottish Labour leader over the alternative candidate Anas Sarwar; Gaffney's own Constituency Labour Party (CLP) took a firm stance on supporting Leonard's campaign.

In February 2018 Gaffney apologized, and was required by his party to attend equality and diversity training, following a media exposé of racist and homophobic remarks he made at a Burns Night party.[8]

In July 2019 Gaffney resigned as a councillor in North Lanarkshire Council, triggering a council by-election. In his resignation letter to the council's chief executive, Gaffney said he had been privileged to serve the community into which he had been born and bred.[9]

Personal life

Gaffney supports Albion Rovers F.C.. In 2010, Gaffney was one of the founding members of the Keir Hardie Society in 2010, alongside Scottish author and longtime Labour member Bob Holman and Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard, with whom Gaffney has been friends since the 1990s.[10]


  1. ^ "Hugh Gaffney MP". MyParliament. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  2. ^ Judith Tonner (9 June 2017). "Coatbridge election result: Labour regain constituency from SNP". Daily Record. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ MP, Hugh Gaffney (10 June 2017). "After a hectic few days, I'm delighted to have been elected MP for the area I grew up in. Thanks to voters and activists for their". @HughGaffneyMP. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  4. ^ LinkedIn
  5. ^ MP, Hugh Gaffney (12 June 2017). "Always thought it was important to remember your roots - so on my way to Westminster, I wore my old work shirt as a reminder.". @HughGaffneyMP. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Gaffney, Hugh Lawrence". Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 13 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  7. ^ Mike McQuaid (9 June 2017). "Mailman Hugh delivers for Labour". Motherwell Times. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Labour MP Hugh Gaffney sorry for 'deeply offensive' Burns Supper remarks". BBC News. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Scots Labour MP triggers council by-election". 1 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Richard Leonard MSP". Retrieved 5 June 2019.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Phil Boswell
Member of Parliament
for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill