Kate Hollern

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Kate Hollern

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Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition
Assumed office
14 July 2017
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded bySteve Rotheram
Shadow Minister for Reserves
Assumed office
7 January 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byRachael Maskell
Member of Parliament
for Blackburn
Assumed office
7 May 2015
Preceded byJack Straw
Majority20,368 (42.9%)
Personal details
Born (1955-04-12) 12 April 1955 (age 64)
Dumbarton, Scotland
Political partyLabour

Catherine Malloy Hollern (born 12 April 1955)[1][2] is a British Labour Party politician. She was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackburn in 2015. In January 2016, Hollern was appointed Shadow Minister for Reserves, following the reshuffle of the Shadow Cabinet, and resignation of Kevan Jones. Following another Shadow Cabinet reshuffle, she was made Shadow Minister for Local Government.

In July 2017, Hollern was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition.

Early life and career[edit]

Hollern moved to Blackburn in the late 1970s.[3] She worked as a manager at Newman's Footwear, before becoming the contracts manager at Blackburn College.[3] She has two daughters.[3]

Hollern led the Labour group on the Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council since 2004, serving as council leader from 2004 to 2007, and again from 2010 to 2015.[4][5][6]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In March 2014, Hollern was selected, using an all women shortlist to succeed former cabinet minister Jack Straw as Labour's candidate, for the constituency of Blackburn.[7] She was elected in the 2015 General Election.[8][9]

On 7 January 2016, Hollern was appointed Shadow Minister for Reserves, outside the Shadow Cabinet following the resignation of Kevan Jones.[10] On 10 October 2016, she was appointed Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government.[11] In July 2017, Hollern was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Kate Malloy Hollern". findthecompany.co.uk. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9123.
  3. ^ a b c Hollern, Kate (April 2015). Elect Kate Hollern leaflet. Labour Party. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ "About Kate". Blackburn Labour Party. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  5. ^ Labour holds Blackburn, lancashiretelegraph.co.uk; accessed 15 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Blackburn with Darwen Council leader Kate Hollern steps down to fight election". Lancashire Telegraph. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Kate Hollern replaces Jack Straw as Labour Blackburn candidate". BBC. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Blackburn". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Blackburn". Election 2015. BBC. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Corbyn's reshuffle: Liveblog - LabourList". 14 January 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  11. ^ "New Frontbench role for Kate Hollern MP". Retrieved 10 June 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Jack Straw
Member of Parliament
for Blackburn