John McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1987 to 2010, first for Dumbarton and then from 2005 for West Dunbartonshire. He was best known for being the chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee. On 17 June 2010, he was created a life peer as Baron McFall of Alcluith, of Dumbarton in the County of Dunbartonshire.
Before entering Parliament he was a chemistry and maths teacher from 1974-87 in Dumbarton, Kirkintilloch and Glasgow, becoming a deputy-head in Glasgow and Secretary of his Constituency Labour Party. In 1994, he became a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University Business School, and now is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board at the University of Glasgow Business School.
He was a whip and junior minister (for Education, Training and Employment, Health and Community Relations, then in 1999 for Economy and Education) at the Northern Ireland Office from 1998-9. In 2001 he was appointed Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, and reappointed for a second term in this position in 2005. The committee conducted inquiries into the banking crisis, producing evidence of the bonus culture, the lack of banking qualifications among many top bankers and poor oversight of the industry by the Financial Services Authority.
He is currently the Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Overseas Development. He is Chair of the Scotch Whisky and Spirits APPG and of the Royal Navy APPG. He is Chairman of Strathleven Regeneration Company (which he helped to set up) and of Clydebank re-built, two development companies based in his constituency.
Lord McFall was a passionate supporter of the campaign to secure National Park status for Loch Lomond and in the 1990’s when there was a danger of the campaign faltering he organised a series of conferences to keep the campaign momentum to the fore in the press and with key politicians. He also worked in the background with the late Donald Dewar and others to ensure National Park status was secured early in the life of the new Scottish Parliament.