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Name: Calum MacDonald  
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Date of Birth: 12th November 1953
Place of Birth: Lochmaddy, North Uist, Scotland
Profession: Composer
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Calum Alistair MacDonald was Labour Member of Parliament for the Western Isles from 1987 until he was defeated by the Scottish National Party in the UK general election of 2005.

He was born on 7 May 1956 and brought up on the Isle of Lewis. Educated at the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway, he went on to graduate from Edinburgh University with MA Honours in History and Politics.

During the 1980s he was a Teaching Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he also gained his PhD in Political Philosophy.

His political interests are wide-ranging. MacDonald’s published journalism (The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, the Glasgow Herald and the New Statesman) include articles on: Northern Ireland; the Balkans; Russia; links between Labour and the Liberal Democrats; Voting Reform; the Debate on Clause 4, etc. He was an early advocate of European defence co-operation, in “A New Model Army” (Fabian Discussion Paper, 1991) and “European Security at the Crossroads” (in B Crawford and P Schulze, Ed, European Dilemmas after Maastricht, Centre for German and European Studies UC Berkeley, 1993).

In 1990, he co-founded the Future of Europe Trust, which acted as a forum for young politicians across East and West Europe to progress their views on Europe. Between 1988 and 1992 he served on the Commons Select Committee on Agriculture. In 1991, he piloted his own Private Members Bill through the House of Commons, the Crofter Forestry Act, which has since led to the planting of mixed woodland by crofter communities in the Highlands and Islands.

Between 1991 and 1995, he was a leading campaigner for Western military intervention in the former Yugoslavia and a persistent critic of the then Government’s policy.

Between 1992 and 1997, he was Chair of LINC, a Labour Party pressure group promoting co-operation with the Liberal Democrats.

In May 1997 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Between December 1997 and July 1999 he was Minister for Housing, Planning and European Affairs at the Scottish Office. Between July 1998 and July 1999 he had additional responsibilities for Transport, Highlands and Islands and Gaelic.

Mr MacDonald is a former Chair of the Fabian Society, the Labour Party’s senior think-tank. He is an Honorary Fellow of the European Economics and Financial Centre.

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