A motion marking the 40th anniversary of the death and celebrating the life of former East Lothian MP John Pitcairn Mackintosh has been lodged in Parliament by the county’s current MP.

Martin Whitfield’s Early Day Motion (EDM) acknowledges the 40th anniversary of Mackintosh’s tragically early death and marks his significant contribution to British politics.

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“John Pitcairn Mackintosh was a hugely influential figure in Scottish and British politics in the 1960s and 70s. He was an early advocate for Scottish devolution and promoted the issue when it was unfashionable with many Labour colleagues. He was also an outspoken supporter of the UK’s place in Europe and would surely have been dismayed at the current Brexit mess.

“But more importantly to the people of his Berwick and East Lothian constituency, Mackintosh was a dedicated and much-loved local MP, who did a great deal to promote and support the area.  Even 40 years on from his death, at the tragically young age of just 48, Mackintosh remains an important figure and the Memorial Lecture set up in his name continues to influence political debate and discussion.

“With the anniversary of Mackintosh’s death coming up later this month, I felt it was timely to mark 40 years since his passing and celebrate the great contribution he made to political life in Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond.”

The full motion reads as follows:

That this House marks the 40th anniversary of the death of former hon. Member John Pitcairn Mackintosh on 30 July 2018; notes the significant contribution John made to the constituency of Berwick and East Lothian as its hon. Member between 1966 and 1978; recognises John as a key proponent of Scottish devolution, a strong advocate for the UK’s involvement in Europe, and a diligent campaigner to reform and empower Select Committees in Parliament; acknowledges his distinguished academic career where he served as a professor of politics at Edinburgh University and his contribution to journalism throughout his political life; remembers John for his friendly, personable, cross-party approach to politics; and further notes and welcomes the important work of the Edinburgh University and East Lothian John P Mackintosh Memorial Lecture Committee established in his honour.