Pat McFadden (British politician)

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Pat McFadden (British politician)

British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South East since 2005 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1965.

Countries: United Kingdom (60%), Europe (30%), (10%)

Main connections: Tony Blair, Ed Miliband, Peter Mandelson

Linked to: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Labour Party, Labour Party Shadow Cabinet election, 2010, Leader of the Labour Party




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Pat McFadden was born in 1965 add something


"'Patrick Bosco McFadden"' is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South East since 2005 add something


McFadden studied Politics at the University of Edinburgh, gaining an MA in 1988, and was chair of Scottish Labour Students in 1986-87 before becoming a researcher in 1988 for Donald Dewar, Labour's Scottish Affairs spokesman add something


In 1993 he left this role to become a speechwriter and policy adviser to the Labour leader John Smith add something


Prior to becoming an MP he worked in several advisory roles for Tony Blair, both in opposition and government, and was the Prime Minister's Political Secretary from 2002 add something


McFadden was elected at the 2005 general election, after Dennis Turner retired add something


In the 2006 reshuffle he was appointed as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Exclusion at the Cabinet Office add something


In the 2007 reshuffle he was promoted to Minister of State in the newly created Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with responsibility for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs add something


In October 2008, when Lord Mandelson replaced John Hutton as Business Secretary, McFadden took on duties as his deputy in order to represent the department in the House of Commons as Mandelson is a peer and can only address the Lords add something


Following Labour's defeat in the 2010 election and the resignation of Gordon Brown, McFadden was named in interim leader Harriet Harman's shadow cabinet as Shadow Business Secretary add something


After Ed Miliband's election as Labour leader in September 2010, McFadden announced his decision to stand in Labour's shadow cabinet election add something


However, when he reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet in 2014, Miliband appointed him as shadow minister for Europe add something


He was briefly Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and from October 2014 to January 2016 was Shadow spokesman on Europe under Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn add something


He is part of Open Britain and defended Tony Blair's pro-European speech on February 2017 add something