Parliamentary Under-Secretary of
State for International Development.
George Foulkes has represented Carrick, Cumnock and
Doon Valley since 1979. His constituency includes the former Ayrshire
coalfields, small fishing ports, almost all forms of agriculture and
light industry. His majority of 21,062 was the largest in Scotland at
the May 1997 election.
Before becoming Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
he was Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs (1983-92), Defence
(1992-3) and Overseas Development (1994-97).
George Foulkes was born on 21 January 1942 and attended
Keith Grammar and Haberdashers Aske's Schools. He is a graduate of
Edinburgh University where he was President of the Students
Representative Council (SRC). He then became full time president of the
Scottish Union of Students and worked for the European Movement,
Enterprise Youth and finally Age Concern Scotland before his election to
In 1970 he stood for Parliament in West Edinburgh and
in October 1974 in Edinburgh Pentlands against Malcolm Rifkind. From
1970-1975 he was a City Councillor in Edinburgh, where he also served as
a Bailie (Magistrate). From 1974 to 1979 he was a member of Lothian
Regional Council where he was Chair of the Education Committee and Chair
of the Education Committee of the Convention of Scottish Local
In Parliament he has been successively a Delegate to
the Council of Europe, Member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee .
He was a member of the CPA (UK) Executive, the Executive of the IPU
(British Section) and Treasurer of Parliamentarians for Global Action.
He remains a Trustee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Outside the House of Commons he has been Chair of
Scottish left wing think-tank the John Wheatley Centre, and Chair of the
Labour Campaign for a Scottish Parliament. He is a member of the
Cooperative Party, the GMB Union and the Fabian Society. He is married
to Elizabeth Anna (nee Hope) who is Deputy Provost of South Ayrshire
Council. They have three grown up children (Roderick, Jennifer and
Alexander). His leisure pursuits include supporting Heart of Midlothian
FC where he and his two sons are season ticket-holders.
DFID, January 1998