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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Andrew Mackinlay

Date of birth

24 April 1949

Political profile

Andrew Mackinlay is a backbencher who has emerged as a leading figure in Labour's "awkward squad".

He is an old-fashioned trade unionist and a former full time NALGO official.

Many of his criticisms are aimed at the Blair government's style and relationship with the Commons.

Mr Mackinlay is supporter of fundamental constitutional change and electoral reform and has taken Tony Blair to task in Prime Minister's Questions over Labour's approach to the House of Lords, deriding the so-called "People's Peers".

He is an active backbencher, serving on the Commons foreign affairs select committee and the Parliamentary Labour Party backbench committee.

He has fought several campaigns on specific issues - he continues to argue for posthumous pardons for soldiers executed for cowardice in the First World War and has led backbench calls for convicted peers to be stripped of their membership of Parliament.

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