Jim was MP for for Oldham East from 1970 to 1983, and for Oldham Central and Royton from 1983, until he retired in 1992. ‘Gentleman Jim’ was known in the Commons for his robust sense of humour and very forceful style in Prime Minister’s Questions during the Margaret Thatcher era.
Alongside his parliamentary career Jim gave many years of dedicated service to Aberdeen.
He was first elected to the Aberdeen City Council in 1959 and was Lord Provost in the early 1970s. When he retired from Parliament Jimmy went back to his first love and became councillor for the Sheddocksley ward in Aberdeen, a position he held until the elections in May 2007. This proud service to Aberdeen will be carried on by his daughter Jenny Laing, who is a member of the current Labour group on the city council.
Jim cared deeply for the people he represented throughout his life in politics. Anne Begg commented:
“Jim Lamond was a very influential figure in politics. I personally always found his advice and judgement sound. He loved Aberdeen and its people.”
Jim Lamond is survived by his wife June, who is also a former Aberdeen city councillor and his daughter Jenny.
Jimmy Lamond, former MP for Oldham East and Oldham Central and Roynton, died 20 November 2007