Ron Brown (Scottish politician)

Ron Brown (Scottish Politician)

Ron Brown (Scottish politician)

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Ronald Duncan Mclaren Brown (29 June 1938 – 3 August 2007), known as Ron Brown and nicknamed Red Ron, was a Scottish Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom for the Edinburgh Leith constituency, from the 1979 general election to the 1992 general election. A controversial figure, he was suspended from the House of Commons on several occasions, most famously in 1988 after damaging the Mace.

Early life

Brown was born at West Pilton in Edinburgh into a working class family. His father worked in engineering. He was educated at Pennywell Primary School, Ainslie Park High School and the Bristo Technical Institute. He did National Service in the Royal Signals, and then served five years as an apprentice fitter. He worked as an electrician; with Bruce Peebles & Co. Ltd. an accident left him with facial partial paralysis and scarring despite plastic surgery. He became an active member of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers. He married May Smart in 1963. They had two sons together.

In the 1970s he was elected a member of Edinburgh Town Council for Central Leith, and then a member of Lothian Regional Council from 1974. He visited Colonel Gaddafi...
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