Patrick McLoughlin

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The Right Honourable
Patrick McLoughlin
Patrick McLoughlin - Secretary of State for Transport.jpg
Secretary of State for Transport
Assumed office
4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Justine Greening
Government Chief Whip
In office
12 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Nick Brown
Succeeded by Andrew Mitchell
Opposition Chief Whip
In office
7 December 2005 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by David Maclean
Succeeded by Nick Brown
Member of Parliament
for Derbyshire Dales
West Derbyshire (1986–2010)
Assumed office
8 May 1986
Preceded by Matthew Parris
Majority 13,866 (29.6%) [1]
Personal details
Born (1957-11-30) 30 November 1957 (age 57)
Stafford, Staffordshire, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lynn Newman
Children 2
Religion Roman Catholic[2]

Patrick Allen McLoughlin (born 30 November 1957) is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been a Member of Parliament (MP) since 1986, initially for West Derbyshire and since 2010 for its successor, the Derbyshire Dales constituency. On 4 September 2012 he was appointed Secretary of State for Transport.[3] As a former miner, he is one of the few Conservative MPs to have been a manual worker before being elected to Parliament.[4]


McLoughlin was born in Stafford, the son and grandson of coal miners. He was educated at the Cardinal Griffin Roman Catholic School in Cannock, Staffordshire, and Staffordshire College of Agriculture at Rodbaston College. From 1974 he worked for five years as a farm worker and after 1979 worked underground at the Littleton Colliery in Cannock. He was a member of the National Union of Mineworkers,[5] and became an industrial representative for the National Coal Board's Western Area Marketing Department.

Although a member of the NUM he broke ranks during the 1984 miners' strike and later came to national attention when he stood up at the 1984 Conservative Party Conference to announce that he was a working miner.[6] He moved from underground belt attendant to Area Marketing representative in September 1985, five months after the end of the strike.

Political career[edit]

McLoughlin was elected as a councillor on the Cannock Chase District Council for seven years from 1980, and also a councillor on Staffordshire County Council from 1981-87.[5]

In 1982, McLoughlin served as the Chairman of the National Young Conservatives.

McLoughlin unsuccessfully contested Wolverhampton South East at the 1983 General Election, losing to the sitting Labour MP Robert Edwards by 5,000 votes.[7]

Matthew Parris, the sitting Conservative MP for West Derbyshire, resigned from the House of Commons in 1986 to pursue a media career and McLoughlin was chosen to fight the by-election.[8][9] He held the seat, albeit very narrowly, with a 100 majority.

In Parliament, McLoughlin served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary, initially to Angela Rumbold (Minister of State at the Department for Education and Science (1987–88)) and then to David Young, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1988–89). McLoughlin was made a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1989, and served in the Department for Transport until 1992, when he was moved by Prime Minister John Major to serve in the same position at the Department of Employment. A year later McLoughlin was moved to the Department of Trade and Industry.

He joined the government Whips' Office in 1995 as an assistant, becoming a Lord Commissioner in 1996. After the Conservative Party's defeat at the 1997 general election, he remained in the whips' office in opposition, becoming the Deputy Chief Whip in 1998. He was then promoted to Chief Whip by David Cameron in 2005. McLoughlin has also served on many select committees. As Opposition Chief Whip, he was sworn of the Privy Council in June 2005.

Following boundary changes, the West Derbyshire constituency seat was abolished at the 2010 general election, and McLoughlin was elected to the successor seat of Derbyshire Dales, achieving exactly the same number of votes. Prime Minister David Cameron appointed McLoughlin as the government's Chief Whip and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. During his tenure as Chief Whip, he was reprimanded by the Speaker John Bercow for inappropriate behaviour within the House of Commons.[10]

In a government reshuffle in September 2012, McLoughlin was appointed Secretary of State for Transport. Soon after his appointment he had to cancel the award of the InterCity West Coast franchise due to major technical flaws in the bidding process.[11]

Personal life[edit]

McLoughlin has been married to Lynn Newman since 1984. The couple have one son and one daughter.[5]


  • Mr Patrick McLoughlin (1957–1986)
  • Mr Patrick McLoughlin MP (1986–2005)
  • The Rt. Hon. Patrick McLoughlin MP (2005–)


  1. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Derbyshire Dales". BBC News. 
  2. ^ Mark Greaves (14 May 2010). "Election ushers in new Catholic MPs". London: Catholic Herald. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  3. ^ "BBC News - LIVE: David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle: Live". 4 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Representatives of society". Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Murphy, Joe (4 September 2012). "Airport expansion 'back on table' as McLoughlin takes over Greening as Transport Secretary". London Evening Standard (London). Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tory conference: Cash announced for regional road plans". 8 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "UK General Election results 1983; Wokingham - York". Richard Kimber's political science resources. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Matthew Parris". Q&A. C-SPAN. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin; biography". Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Speaker John Bercow reprimands Chief Whip Patrick McLoughlin". BBC News. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Osborne, Alistair (6 October 2012). "West Coast Main Line: scrapped bid reveals chaos at the heart of government". Daily Telegraph (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 7 October 2012. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Matthew Parris
Member of Parliament for West Derbyshire
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Derbyshire Dales
Political offices
Preceded by
David Maclean
Chief Whip of the Conservative Party
Succeeded by
Andrew Mitchell
Preceded by
Nick Brown
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Andrew Mitchell
Preceded by
Justine Greening
Secretary of State for Transport