Pat McFadden

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Pat McFadden is the UK shadow minister for Europe, appointed in October 2014 in a Labour Party reshuffle, and replacing Gareth Thomas [1]

McFadden has been the Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East since 2005. He was business minister under Labour prime minister Gordon Brown and also a former special adviser to the Labour Party.[2] His last role in the shadow cabinet was as shadow secretary of state for Business, Innovation and Skills][3]between May and October 2010.

In the 2015 general election, McFadden was re-elected with a majority of 10,778. [4]


McFadden gained an MA in Politics from the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and was chair of Scottish Labour Students from 1986 to 1987.[5] In 1998, he became a researcher to Donald Dewar, then Labour's spokesperson on Scottish affairs. In 1993 he began working as speechwriter and policy adviser to then Labour leader John Smith. Following Smith's death in 1994, McFadden became political secretary and policy adviser to new Labour leader Tony Blair.[6]

From 2006 to 2007, McFadden was a parliamentary secretary in the Cabinet Office. He was a Minister of State in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform/Business, Innovation and Skills from 2007 to 2010, before becoming Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2010.[7]

MP's expenses

In 2009 it emerged that McFadden claimed £5,581 in legal fees, stamp duty and solicitors fees for the purchase of a second home in his constituency of Wolverhampton South East, with a further £4,807.41 being spent on furniture for the property.[8]

Contact, Resources, Notes


Email: mcfaddenp AT



  1. Rowena Mason, Former minister Pat McFadden gets Europe brief in Labour mini-reshuffle, The Guardian, 20 October 2014, accessed same day
  2. Info-Dynamics Research, "Where are they now? The 1997/1998 Special Advisers to the Labour Government", GMB: April 2006 Briefing, p10, accessed 12.09.10
  3., "[ Rt Hon Pat McFadden", accessed 15.09.10
  4. Pat McFadden Express, accessed 18 May 2015
  5. Westminster Parliamentary Record, "Patrick McFadden MP", accessed 15.09.10
  6. Greg Pitcher, "Personnel Today interviews: Pat McFadden, minister for employment relations and postal affairs", 15.10.07, accessed 15.09.10
  7., "Rt Hon Pat McFadden", accessed 15.09.10
  8. Nick Allen and Chris Hope, "MPs' expenses: Pat McFadden claimed thousands on stamp duty and furniture", The Telegraph, 20.06.09, accessed 15.09.10