Pat Glass is the Labour Member of Parliament for North West Durham. She was first elected at the 2010 general election on 6th May with a majority of 7612 and then re-elected in May 2015 with an increased majority of 10,019. Pat was born in Esh Winning and has lived most of her life in County Durham. She has been a resident of Lanchester with her husband Bob for the last 30 years. Pat has two grown up children and three grandchildren.
Pat has been a member of the Labour Party since she was 18. Pat’s passion is education; she has spent her working life in the field. She has worked in senior positions in Local Education Authorities across the country. Before being elected to Parliament, Pat was an adviser to the government on education and worked with councils across the Yorkshire and Humber region to improve their education service. Her specialist area of knowledge is Special Educational Needs. She is a member of the GMB union and a former Councillor on Lanchester Parish Council.
Between 2010 and 2015, Pat was one of only five Labour members on the Education Select Committee and was the lead opposition member. She is also vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for local democracy. Pat was Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) for Maria Eagle MP, both when Maria was Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and as Shadow Secretary for DEFRA until the 2015 General Election. Pat also founded the Pro-EU PLP Group which works closely with the Labour Yes campaign. Following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader in September 2015, Pat was appointed by Mr Corbyn as Shadow Education Minister (Childcare & Early Years) and then promoted at the January 2016 reshuffle to Shadow Europe Minister. Following the EU referendum, Pat accepted the Shadow Transport Minister (Rail) position within the Shadow Transport Team.
Pat’s main policy areas of interest are education, child poverty, Europe, the environment and the North East economy. Outside of Parliament Pat’s interests include reading, travelling France and spending time with her family.