Introducing James Kelly
James Kelly grew up in Rutherglen and stays in Cambuslang with his wife Alexa and their two daughters. He is a Scottish Labour Co-operative politician and Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Rutherglen constituency from 2007. He is the current Scottish Labour Party Business Manager in the Scottish Parliament and the party’s election co-ordinator for the 2016 Scottish Elections.
He has mastered the art of appearing at just about every positive photo opportunity and sound bite interview, keeping his profile high in the public eye, whilst always ensuring he has available enough “non-stick teflon” to spread around enabling protection of his political persona in a cloak of invisibility. He is a very poor public speaker possessing a delivery akin to Mr Sleepy. The article contains a number of U-Tube videos confirming the foregoing. Not an inspiring character.
14 June 2007 – Scottish Parliament Motion – Trident Debate – James Kelly and the bulk of his labour colleagues abstained (disgraceful)
That the Parliament congratulates the majority of Scottish MPs for voting on 14 March 2007 to reject the replacement of Trident, recognises that decisions on matters of defence are matters within the responsibility of the UK Government and Parliament and calls on the UK Government not to go ahead at this time with the proposal in the White Paper, The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent. Green Party motion, as amended by a Liberal Democrat amendment and passed by a substantial majority.
71 MSPs voted for the motion. This included all SNP, Liberal Democrat and Greens, the 1 independent and 5 Labour (Bill Butler, Malcolm Chisholm, Marlyn Glen, Cathy Peattie and Elaine Smith). The 16 Conservative voted against. 39 Labour MSPs (including James Kelly abstained.) 3 MSPs did not vote.
1 December 2009 – Labour MSP criticised for not declaring he is brother of Lockerbie lawyer
Labour’s James Kelly is Tony Kelly’s brother and sits on the Holyrood committee investigating the Scottish Government’s handling of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi’s release from jail. He was among those on the committee to question Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill as the inquiry got under way today. The Glasgow Rutherglen MSP joined the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee on November 10 and told the convener he had no declarations of interest.
Mr Kelly insisted today the SNP criticism was “frankly ludicrous” and that his relationship was “well known”. But SNP committee member Stewart Maxwell said: “In the interests of transparency I am surprised that Mr Kelly did not see fit to declare his personal relationship to Mr Megrahi’s lawyer. “In a case which has caused such controversy, for any cloud to hang over today’s hearing is deeply unfortunate. “There is so far no suggestion that anything Mr Kelly asked was inappropriate, but without this potential conflict on the record, members and the public are unable to judge.”
23 August 2009 – A rambling speech of little substance in the course of the debate about job losses at Vion Foods. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZDOThJuQ8g
23 August 2009 – His Speech in the Scottish Parliament debate on a UK general Election. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqa53MYIBQU
16 June 2012 – Local MSP waffling about the Olympic flame passing through Rutherglen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOuXdTSM4bU
12 September 2013 – James Kelly’s audacity seeking to defend Lamont’s FMQ attack on Scottish businessman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTZjXHH0k4I
13 September 2013 – The Johann Lamont Land Deal smear fiasco. James Kelly MSP. One of Labour’s sharpest brains. Tells you everything you need to know about Scottish Labour. No mention that it was Labour’s SPT who paid £840,000 for a lump of land worth £50,000. Who was head of SPT at the time? OH!!!! it was Johann Lamont’s Husband. Gutter politics employed by Labour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=870WBqWetc4
27 November 2013 – James Kelly MSP drops a clanger over Labour’s house building record in the Holyrood chamber. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMeyLKitmyk
10 June 2014 – James Kelly MSP Hasn’t a clue about Airport Passenger Duty. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2raUi4JsMw
10 October 2014 – Johann Lamont tries to make political capital out of a rail contract, awarded to a Dutch firm. Alex Salmond explains, but it all goes over Johann’s wee head as usual. Then seeking to add hilarity to the proceedings and evidently Oblivious to all that has gone before, James Kelly attempts later on to ride to the rescue, offering spectacularly confused and contradictory arguments in his inimitable lugubrious style. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkiTQ9WCR4A
31 January 2015 – Chilcot debate. James Kelly MSP demonstrates abysmal levels of debating skills, and rhetoric. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qzG9nj4-0k
24 March 2015 – Asked repeatedly, without answering, if Labour would let the Tories govern as a minority government. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW7thBDE1m0
29 June 2015 – Clypegate: The known knowns and the unknown knowns. The Unionist media Attack “Yes” campaigners
Scottish Labour sent a press release to its press list titled “It’s time for the SNP to take real action on cybernats”. Alongside quotes from the party’s business manager James Kelly MSP, was a 51-page dossier on what Scottish Labour called ‘Scotland’s nastiest cybernats’.
The dossier ( http://wingsoverscotland.com/wp-content/uploads/SNPabusivemembers.pdf ) contained a total of 131 tweets from 45 Twitter users which dated back up to three years ago. All were from SNP members although 12 of the tweets were made before the individuals joined the party.
Accusations have been levelled at Scottish Labour that tweets were misrepresented and presented without context. These include two tweets cited as examples of ‘Anti English abuse’. The tweets were posted during Scotland vs England football matches, a fact that was omitted from the dossier. There has also been issues raised around the legality of the dossier and possible breaches of the Data Protection Act.