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Pat McFadden

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Shadow Minister for Europe
In office
20 October 2014 – 5 January 2016
LeaderEd Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded byGareth Thomas
Succeeded byPat Glass
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
In office
20 May 2010 – 7 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded byKenneth Clarke
Succeeded byJohn Denham
Minister of State for Business
In office
5 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byGareth Thomas
Succeeded byMark Prisk
Minister of State for Employment Relations
In office
28 June 2007 – 5 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byJim Fitzpatrick
Succeeded byThe Lord Young
Member of Parliament
for Wolverhampton South East
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byDennis Turner
Majority1,235 (3.7%)
Personal details
Born (1965-03-26) 26 March 1965 (age 54)
Paisley, Scotland, UK
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
WebsiteOfficial website

Patrick Bosco McFadden (born 26 March 1965 in Paisley) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom, 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, and from October 2014 to January 2016 was Shadow Minister for Europe under Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn.

Early life and career[edit]

McFadden was born in Paisley, Scotland. He is the son of Annie and James McFadden, both native Irish language speakers from the Falcarragh area of northern County Donegal in Ulster, Ireland. As a child he regularly visited Donegal.[1] 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 a BA 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 as the MP for Wolverhampton South East at the 2005 general election, with a majority of 10,495, 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]

When Ed Miliband was elected as Labour leader in September 2010, McFadden announced his decision to stand in Labour's shadow cabinet election[3] but was not elected. However, when he reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet in 2014, Miliband appointed him as shadow minister for Europe.[4]

In the 2015 Labour Party leadership election, he nominated Liz Kendall.[5]

He retained his post when Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader but was sacked along with Michael Dugher in January 2016.[6] He was sacked for what the leadership described as repeated acts of disloyalty, including when, responding to a Stop the War article on the Paris bombings, he condemned "the view that sees terrorist acts as always being a response or a reaction to what we in the west do". John McDonnell said that McFadden's remarks, expressed in a question to the Prime Minister and interpreted as an attack on Corbyn, were an example of him undermining the leader's view. McFadden was defended by Ian Austin and Chris Leslie.[7] Jonathan Reynolds and Stephen Doughty expressed support for McFadden in their resignation letters the following day.[8]

He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour leadership election.[9]

He voted in favour of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill to trigger Article 50 and exit the European Union.[10] He is opposed to a no deal Brexit which he believes will make the country poorer and supports a close trading relationship with the European Union.[11] He was in favour of a second referendum to give the people a final say on leaving the European Union.[12]

He is part of Open Britain (a British pro-European campaign group) and defended Tony Blair's pro-European speech on February 2017.[citation needed] He is associated with the Labour right wing Labour First grouping[13] and is a vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

McFadden and his wife, Marianna, have a son and a daughter. He is a supporter of Celtic Football Club.[16]


  1. ^ a b 'The Rt Hon Pat Jimmy Den Rua MP Archived 17 September 2013 at 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.
  4. ^ Mason, Rowena (20 October 2014). "Former minister Pat McFadden gets Europe brief in Labour mini-reshuffle". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Labour's leadership contest – The Labour Party". Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  6. ^ Mason, Rowena (6 January 2016). "Labour reshuffle". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  7. ^ Watt, Nicholas (6 January 2016). "McFadden's supporters describe removal as vindictive". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Three shadow ministers resign over Corbyn's 'dishonest' reshuffle". The Guardian. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Division 161, European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Hansard". Hansard. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  11. ^ Averty, Jack (17 April 2019). "Pat McFadden: Theresa May should not have legitimised 'colossal self-harm' option of no-deal Brexit". Express and Star. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  12. ^ McFadden, Pat (15 November 2018). "Theresa May is offering false choice on Brexit. There is a better way out of this mess". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  13. ^ Madeley, Pete (25 February 2019). "Pat McFadden: Labour must not become an intolerant cult". Express and Star. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  14. ^ "MPs flock to support Labour Israel group". The Jewish Chronicle. 22 September 2016.
  15. ^ Harpin, Lee (7 August 2019). "Dame Louise Ellman becomes new Labour Friends of Israel chair". Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  16. ^ McFadden, Pat [@patmcfaddenmp] (20 November 2015). "Good to hear John Reid on the radio this morning. Reminded me of when we were a champions league team" (Tweet). Retrieved 24 October 2019 – via Twitter.

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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
Preceded by
The Lord Mandelson
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Succeeded by
John Denham
Preceded by
Gareth Thomas
Shadow Minister for Europe
Succeeded by
Pat Glass