|The Right Honourable
|Member of Parliament
for Wythenshawe and Sale East
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Constituency Created|
16 June 1953 |
Manchester, England, UK
|Alma mater||UCE Birmingham, Manchester Metropolitan University|
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Paul Gerard Goggins (born 16 June 1953) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wythenshawe and Sale East since 1997, and was a Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office.
Paul Goggins was born in Manchester and educated at St Bede's College, before going on to study at the Roman Catholic seminary Ushaw College (1971–1973), although he did not enter the priesthood. He went on to study at the Birmingham Polytechnic (now Birmingham City University), receiving a Certificate in Residential Care of Children and Young People in 1976. Later, he earned a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work from the Manchester Polytechnic in 1982.
He worked as a child care worker with the 'Liverpool Catholic Social Services' for a year in 1974, before becoming an officer in charge at the Wigan Children's Home in 1976. He was appointed as project director for the NCH Action for Children in Salford in 1984. He became the national director for Church Action on Poverty, a national church-based campaigning organisation, in 1989 where he remained until his election to Westminster.
He was elected as a councillor in the City of Salford for eight years in 1990. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election for the newly created Wythenshawe and Sale East seat vacated by the retirement of Alf Morris, the former veteran Labour MP for Manchester Wythenshawe. Goggins held the seat with a majority of 15,019 and has remained the MP there since. He made his maiden speech on 20 May 1997.
He served on the social security select committee from 1997 until he was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Minister of State at the Department of Social Security John Denham in 1998, moving with Denham to the Department of Health in 1999.
In 2000 he was appointed PPS to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment David Blunkett, and he remained Blunketts's PPS following the 2001 General Election in his new position as Home Secretary. It is during this period that, according to Blunkett, Goggins was lumbered with the nickname 'Mrs Goggins'.
He was promoted to the government of Tony Blair in 2003, where he was made the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office with the role of prisons and probation minister. He became the parliamentary under Secretary for State with responsibility for the voluntary and community sector. He forged links with various community and voluntary sector organisations such as ARVAC The Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector. In May 2006, he was appointed as a junior minister at the Northern Ireland Office. He is the co-founder of the All Party Parliamentary Friends of CAFOD group and is Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on poverty.
Goggins opposed same sex marriage, stating that he would vote against the government's bill to introduce same-sex marriage in England and Wales. In the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February 2013 he voted against the legislation, despite the vast majority of Labour MPs voting in favour of it.
He married Wyn Bartley in 1977 in Crosby and they have two sons and a daughter.
He is a season ticket holder at Manchester City F.C. He is also a member of the Christian Socialist Movement who has broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day slot on the Today programme. In an interview on BBC Radio Five Live in 2004, he claimed his family was the inspiration for the "Mrs Goggins" character in the Postman Pat series.
- Ending 50% remission of offenders in Northern Ireland in September 2007
- Revealing Northern Ireland drinks the most fizzy drinks per capita in the UK in June 2006
- Discussing Racial Hatred Bill in January 2006
- Launching North West Faith Forum in January 2006
- Making Magic Mushrooms illegal in July 2005
- Women's Parliamentary Radio Short podcast on Paul Goggins' Get Well UK pilot project
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