Tom McCabe

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Tom McCabe
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Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform
In office
4 October 2004 – 16 May 2007
First MinisterJack McConnell
Preceded byAndy Kerr
Succeeded byJohn Swinney
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Hamilton South
In office
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Majority3,652 (15.7%)
Personal details
Born(1954-04-28)28 April 1954
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Died19 April 2015(2015-04-19) (aged 60)
Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Political partyScottish Labour Party
Domestic partnerLorraine Davidson (separated)

Thomas "Tom" McCabe (28 April 1954 – 19 April 2015) was a Scottish Labour Party politician. He was Minister for Finance in the Scottish Executive, and was Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South until March 2011.

He became an MSP in the first elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, later holding the positions of Minister for Parliament (1999–2001), Minister for Health and Community Care (2003–2004), and Minister for Finance.


McCabe was educated at St. Martin's Secondary School, Hamilton, and obtained a Diploma in Public Sector Management from Bell College of Technology, Hamilton.

He worked for Hoover plc from 1974 to 1993, and then in social work with Strathclyde Regional Council and North Lanarkshire Council.

Member of the Scottish Parliament[edit]

McCabe was elected to the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South in 1999. As this was the first constituency to declare its results, he was the first ever MSP to be elected.[1]

He was first appointed Minister for Parliament in the Scottish Executive from 1999-2001. Following Jack McConnell's appointment as First Minister he was out of office until after the 2003 Scottish Parliament election when he returned as Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care. In October 2004 he was promoted to Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform in place of Andy Kerr

In March 2005 he set up the AEWG (Adult Entertainment Working Group), the Scottish advisory body set up within the Scottish Executive to investigate the legislative issues involved in the current proposed lapdancing ban in Scotland. The ban is currently opposed by such figures as Veronica Deneuve and the union group IUSW (the International Union of Sex Workers) a member of the GMB union.

McCabe was one of several Labour casualties following the elections on 5 May 2011, losing his seat to Christina McKelvie of the SNP in the newly formed Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse constituency.

Personal life[edit]

McCabe previously had a relationship with former Labour spin-doctor and journalist Lorraine Davidson.[2]

McCabe died in April 2015 after a short illness.[3]


  1. ^ "Scots head for coalition rule", BBC News, 7 May 1999
  2. ^ "The lady who wrote the book on Jack".
  3. ^ "Former MSP Tom McCabe dies aged 60". BBC News. 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for Hamilton South
Constituency abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Andy Kerr
Minister for Finance and Public Services
Succeeded by
John Swinney
as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth
Preceded by
Hugh Henry
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care
Succeeded by
Lewis Macdonald
Preceded by
Office Created
Minister for Parliamentary Business
Succeeded by
Patricia Ferguson