McNeil in 2011
|Convener of the Health and Sport Committee|
15 June 2011 - 23 March 2016
|Member of the Scottish Parliament |
for Greenock and Inverclyde
6 May 1999 - 23 March 2016
|Born||7 September 1950|
|Political party||Scottish Labour Party|
From 1965 to 1979 he worked as a boilermaker at Scott Lithgow, initially as an apprentice. After working as a co-ordinator for the Unemployed Workers Centres in Glasgow he became a full-time official in the GMB Union in 1981 and later a Regional Organiser.
Following re-election in May 2003, Mr McNeil departed the Whips' Office to be Chair of the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Party. Additionally, he became convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee.
He caused controversy in 2006 when suggesting in a parliamentary debate that oral contraceptives should be added to prescribed methadone for drug addicts in order to limit the number of children born to parents with a history of substance abuse.
He has been a vocal campaigner for tougher penalties for knife crime and for better support and protection for vulnerable children.
| Member of the Scottish Parliament for Greenock and Inverclyde
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