Trish Godman

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Trish Godman
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for West Renfrewshire
In office
6 May 1999 – 22 March 2011
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Majority2,178 (7.5%)
Personal details
Patricia Leonard

(1939-10-31) 31 October 1939 (age 79)
Govan, Glasgow, Scotland
Political partyScottish Labour Party
Spouse(s)Norman Godman

Patricia "Trish" Godman (née Leonard; born 31 October 1939 in Govan, Glasgow) is a Scottish Labour Party politician. She was Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for West Renfrewshire constituency from the Scottish Parliament general election, 1999 until her retirement in 2011.


The daughter of Martin Leonard and Cathie Craig, Godman was a Glasgow City councillor before entering the Scottish Parliament. She originally worked as a social worker working in the East End of Glasgow from 1979–89.[citation needed]

After leaving St Gerard's Senior Secondary School, Glasgow, aged 15, she worked with a charity for some time, as a waitress, in a bar, insurance collector and a house mother in a list 'D' school. She later attended Jordanhill College where she trained as a social worker. From 2003–11 she was a Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Her husband is Norman Godman, who was a Member of Parliament for Greenock and Inverclyde and its predecessor seat from 1983 to 2001. She has three sons. One, Gary Mulgrew, was one of the NatWest Three.[1]


Expenses claim[edit]

While acting as the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, she charged the taxpayer around £30,000 for hotel bills although she was renting a flat from her son Gary Mulgrew. She did not qualify for the rental expenses allowance as her main residence in Glasgow was too close to Holyrood to qualify, but claimed rent rather than hotel expenses. This became headline news in the press at the time when the expenses scandal was news. She was entitled to an overnight expenses allowance that permitted MSPs to recoup expenses for each night, which she had paid for the rent of the apartment. It was confirmed that she had neither broken the Parliamentary rules, nor benefited in any way.[2]


  1. ^ "Profile: The 'NatWest Three'". BBC News. BBC. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  2. ^ "The deputy presiding officer who charged the taxpayer £30,000 for hotel bills". heraldscotland. Retrieved 15 March 2008.

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
New constituency Member of the Scottish Parliament for West Renfrewshire
Constituency Abolished