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Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld

Obituary of Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld, politician and trade unionist; born March 12, 1938; died October 8, 2008.

Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld, who has died aged 70, spent a solid career in the trade union movement and was MP for the constituencies of Dunbartonshire East and Cumbernauld and Kilsyth from 1979-97. Genial and hard-working, Hogg was particularly committed to the problems and status of Cumbernauld, one of Scotland’s five new towns.

Perhaps his highest-profile intervention as a back bencher came when he tried to introduce a Bill to abolish the section of the 1701 Act of Settlement which banned the heir to the throne from marrying a Catholic. Given that this coincided with tabloid speculation that Prince Charles might marry the Catholic Princess Astrid of Luxembourg, Hogg was much in demand by the media. He later withdrew the Bill at Michael Foot’s request to allow more parliamentary time to consider rising unemployment.

An elder of the Kirk, Lord Hogg served as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1998 and 1999.

Full story at The Herald.

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