Pat McFadden (British politician)

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The Right Honourable
Pat McFadden
Shadow Minister for Europe
Assumed office
20 October 2014
Leader Ed Miliband
Preceded by Gareth Thomas
Shadow Secretary of State for
Business, Innovation and Skills
In office
20 May 2010 – 7 October 2010
Leader Harriet Harman
Ed Miliband
Preceded by The Lord Mandelson
Succeeded by John Denham
Minister of State for Business
In office
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Gareth Thomas
Succeeded by Mark Prisk
Minister of State for Employment Relations
In office
28 June 2007 – 5 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Jim Fitzpatrick
Succeeded by The Lord Young
Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton South East
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded by Dennis Turner
Majority 6,593 (19.1%)
Personal details
Born (1965-03-26) 26 March 1965 (age 49)
Paisley, Scotland, UK
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Religion Roman Catholicism

Patrick Bosco McFadden (born 26 March 1965, Paisley) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wolverhampton South East since 2005. He was briefly Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, but failed to be elected to the Shadow Cabinet shortly after Ed Miliband became Labour Leader.

Early life and career[edit]

McFadden is the son of Annie and the late James McFadden, both native Irish language speakers from the Falcarragh area of northern County Donegal in Ireland. He went to Holy Cross RC Primary School on Calder Street and Holyrood Secondary School in Crosshill, south-east Glasgow. 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, then Labour's Scottish Affairs spokesman. In 1993 he left this role to become a speechwriter and policy adviser to the Labour leader John Smith.

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.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

McFadden was elected at the 2005 general election, after Dennis Turner retired. In the 2006 reshuffle he was appointed as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Exclusion at the Cabinet Office. In the 2007 reshuffle he was promoted to Minister of State in the then newly created Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform with responsibility for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs. 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. McFadden was contemporaneously appointed to the Privy Council.

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.[2] After Ed Miliband's election as Labour leader in September 2010, McFadden announced his decision to stand in Labour's shadow cabinet election.[3] He was not elected.

Personal life[edit]

McFadden and his wife, Marianna, have a son and a daughter. He is a supporter of Celtic Football Club, as a child he regularly visited his parents home in Donegal where his parents came from.[1]


  1. ^ a b 'The Rt Hon Pat Jimmy Den Rua MP Documentary, TV Listings,, 16 September 2013.
  2. ^ Lords Mandelson and Adonis leave shadow cabinet BBC News, 21 May 2010
  3. ^ Shadow cabinet elections: 49 MPs enter ballot BBC News, 29 September 2010

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Dennis Turner
Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South East
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Fitzpatrick
Minister of State for Employment Relations
Succeeded by
The Lord Young
Preceded by
Gareth Thomas
Minister of State for Business
Succeeded by
Mark Prisk