Adam Ingram (Labour politician)


Adam Paterson Ingram (born 1 February 1947) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow from 1987 to 2010.

Adam Ingram
Minister of State for the Armed Forces
In office
7 June 2001 – 29 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byJohn Spellar
Succeeded byBob Ainsworth
Minister of State for Northern Ireland
In office
2 May 1997 – 7 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byMichael Ancram
Succeeded byJane Kennedy
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition
In office
11 November 1988 – 18 July 1992
LeaderNeil Kinnock
Preceded byKevin Barron
Succeeded byHilary Armstrong
Member of Parliament
for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
East Kilbride (1987–2005)
In office
12 June 1987 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byMaurice Miller
Succeeded byMichael McCann
Personal details
Born (1947-02-01) 1 February 1947 (age 77)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Alma materOpen University

Early life


Ingram attended Cranhill Senior Secondary School in Cranhill, Glasgow a year below Archy Kirkwood, Baron Kirkwood of Kirkhope and is a graduate of the Open University. He became a trade union official with NALGO from 1977 to 1987 after several years working as a computer programmer/analyst from 1967 to 1977.[1] A Justice of the Peace and former chairman of East Kilbride Constituency Labour Party, Ingram was an East Kilbride District Councillor from 1980 to 1987 and leader of the District Council from 1984 to 1987.

Parliamentary career


Ingram was the Labour candidate for Strathkelvin and Bearsden in 1983, but entered the Commons following the 1987 election and during this parliamentary term acted as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Neil Kinnock. After Labour's landslide election victory in 1997 he was appointed Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office with responsibilities including Security.

In 2001 he became Armed Forces Minister at the Ministry of Defence, a position he held until Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in 2007. He was the longest serving Defence Minister in British history and is a member of the Privy Council.

On 27 March 2009, Ingram announced that he would stand down at the next general election.[2]



Ingram applied for an interim interdict to prevent the publication of Respect politician George Galloway's book I'm Not the Only One (2004). Galloway's text stated that Ingram "played the flute in a sectarian, anti-Catholic, Protestant-supremacist Orange Order band". Ingram's opinion that this was in bad faith and defamatory, although Ingram's lawyers conceded that for a year as a teenager he had been a member of a junior Orange Lodge in Barlanark, Glasgow, and had attended three parades. The Judge, Lord Kingarth, decided to refuse an interim interdict, that the balance of the arguments favoured Galloway's publisher, and that the phrase "sectarian, anti-Catholic, Protestant-supremacist" was fair comment on that organisation. Although Ingram was not and never had been a flute-player, the defending advocate observed that "playing the flute carries no obvious defamatory imputation ... it is not to the discredit of anyone that he plays the flute." The judge ruled that Ingram should pay the full court costs of the hearing.[3]

In 2009 Ingram declared outside earnings of £170,000, the largest of any Scottish MP. In the same year it was shown that letters in the local press defending these earnings were forged.[4]

In June 2010 at the public inquiry into the beating to death of Baha Mousa in custody he conceded that he had misled MPs when he was Armed Forces Minister over British troops' hooding of Iraqi prisoners. He had assured the then head of the Parliamentary joint committee on human rights, Jean Corston in June 2004, that prisoners were only hooded during transportation but had received documents in September 2003 that showed that Mousa had been hooded, on the advice of interrogation experts for nearly 24 of the 36 hours that he spent in custody.[5][6][7][8]

In December 2010 he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Standards and Privileges Committee after the Cash for Influence Scandal, but criticised for bad judgement.[9][10]

Personal life


Ingram married Maureen McMahon in 1970.[1]


Ingram was a prominent character in the 2010 Mo Mowlam biopic Mo, portrayed by Gary Lewis. Ingram called the film "powerful to watch", adding that it "brought home the essence of Mo" and that the film had moved him to tears.[11]


  1. ^ a b Candidate: Adam Ingram BBC News
  2. ^ "Adam Ingram to stand down as MP". BBC News. 28 March 2009.
  3. ^ "George Galloway – Minister fails to stop Galloway sectarian claim". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 28 April 2004. Archived from the original on 21 August 2006. Retrieved 14 December 2006.
  4. ^ Senior Scottish MP in forged letters mystery Herald Scotland, 28 February 2009
  5. ^ "Adam Ingram admits misleading MPs over hooding in Iraq". BBC News. 2 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Ingram admits misleading on hooding". London Evening Standard. 2 June 2010. Archived from the original on 15 September 2012.
  7. ^ Harding, Thomas (3 June 2010). "Baha Mousa inquiry: former minister admits 'misleading' MPs over Iraq interrogations". The Telegraph.
  8. ^ Parris, Matthew (10 June 2010). "How a really good scandal can vanish without trace". Times Online. (subscription required)
  9. ^ Hoon, Byers and Caborn rebuked over lobbying breaches BBC News, 9 December 2010
  10. ^ Ex-ministers rebuked over lobbying, 10 December 2010
  11. ^ Scots MP reveals agony over Mo Mowlam TV drama Daily Record
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Adam Ingram
  • Adam Ingram: Electoral history and profile The Guardian
  • Adam Ingram, Former Labour MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for East Kilbride
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of State for the Armed Forces
Succeeded by