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Wednesday, 16 October, 2002, 09:41 GMT 10:41 UK
Calum MacDonald

Date of birth

7 May 1956

Political profile

Calum MacDonald has represented the Western Isles, the seat with the fewest voters in the UK, since 1987.

He has a low profile in Westminster, particularly since 1999 when, after having helped to deliver Scottish devolution, he was dropped from his role as a Scottish office minister.

He now concentrates largely on local issues, such as transport links within the constituency, fishing rights and land reform.

A former fellow of political philosophy at the University of California, he is a thoughtful, intellectual politician and less partisan than many of his colleagues.

He was a supporter of Tony Blair's reforms to the Labour Party and remains loyal to the party leadership.

He is a supporter of the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and an opponent of abortion and genetic research.

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Constituency office 01851 704684

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