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Lords leader - Lord McNally

Tom McNally was press secretary to former Prime Minister James Callaghan before becoming a Labour MP in 1979.

He lost his Stockport seat in 1983 after joining the breakaway SDP. He supported the SDP's merger with the Liberal Party in 1987, going on to spend 10 years as Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown's political adviser. He entered the Lords in 1995.

In 2006, he admitted to having been an alcoholic between 1982 and 1985, after Charles Kennedy confessed his problems with drink.

Outside politics he has enjoyed a successful career in public relations and is chairman of PR giant Weber Shandwick.

Lord McNally

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