Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

George Foulkes

George Foulkes



Address as

Lord Foulkes

Contact details


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 3474


Electoral history

Contested Edinburgh West 1970 and Edinburgh Pentlands October 1974 general elections. MP (Labour) for South Ayrshire 1979-83, for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley 1983-2005

Parliamentary career

Opposition Frontbench Spokesperson for: Europe 1983-85, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1985-92, Defence, Disarmament and Arms Control 1992-93, Overseas Development 1994-97; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of International Development 1997-2001; Minister of State, Scotland Office 2001-02

Lords career

Member, Intelligence and Security Committee 2007-10

Party groups

Chair, Labour Campaign for a Scottish Parliament -1997; Member, Co-operative Party

Councils, public bodies

Councillor: Edinburgh Corporation 1970-75, Lothian Regional Council 1974-79; Chair: Lothian Region Education Committee 1974-79, Education Committee, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities 1975-78; JP, Edinburgh 1975

International bodies

Delegate, Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe and Western European Union 1979-80, 2004-; Executive member: UK Branch of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 1989-97, British Section of Inter-Parliamentary Union 1989-97, Socialist International 2004-08

Political interests

International development, foreign affairs, devolution, energy, human rights, defence, Scotland, financial regulation

Countries of interest

Caribbean, China, EU, Latin America, Russia

Name, style and title

Raised to the peerage as Baron Foulkes of Cumnock, of Cumnock in East Ayrshire 2005

Register of Interests

2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Chairman, Advisory Board of GovNet Communications (publisher and events organiser)

7: Overseas visits

Visit to Brussels, 26-27 May 2011, to attend Forum of the Climate Parliament; fares and accomodation paid for by the Climate Parliament

10: Non-financial interests (a)

Governor, Westminster Foundation for Democracy

10: Non-financial interests (d)

President, Caribbean Council (which has replaced the Caribbean-British Business Council)