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Pat Glass
Pat Glass.jpg
Shadow Minister for Europe
Assumed office
5 January 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Pat McFadden
Member of Parliament
for North West Durham
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Hilary Armstrong
Majority 10,056 (23.5%)
Personal details
Born (1957-02-14) 14 February 1957 (age 59)
Esh Winning, County Durham, England
Political party Labour
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website

Patricia Glass (born 14 February 1957) is an English Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Durham since 2010.

Early life and career[edit]

She was born in Esh Winning, County Durham. Before becoming an MP, Glass worked in various positions with local education authorities, and became a Government Education Adviser specialising in Special Needs Education, and Assistant Director of Education in Sunderland and Greenwich.[1]

Glass was elected as a councillor on Lanchester Parish Council in 2007. Subsequently she was selected as the Labour Party parliamentary candidate for North West Durham, with the retirement of Hilary Armstrong at the 2010 general election.

Political career[edit]

House of Commons[edit]

Glass was elected to the House of Commons at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Durham. Her particular interest is education and she has sat on the Education Select Committee [2]

In 2014, Glass accused rival politicians in Parliament of "orchestrated barracking" of women with regional accents, saying "I get the impression they think women who are northerners should not be there."[3]

In September 2015, Glass was appointed as Shadow Education Minister with responsibility for childcare by the new Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.[4] On 5 January 2016, she was named the Shadow Europe Minister after Corbyn had conducted the first reshuffle of his shadow cabinet.[5]

Glass has taken a prominent role in Labour’s campaign to remain in the EU in the June 2016 referendum campaign. On 19 May 2016 she apologised after calling an elector "a horrible racist", which was caught at the end of a radio interview recording and widely reported on by the British news press. She also dismissively said "I'm never coming back to wherever this is".[6][7] Unlike Emily Thornberry following a similar incident in 2014, Pat Glass was not required by the Labour leader to resign for her comments.


  1. ^ "Pat Glass". Politics.co.uk. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Profile, parliament.uk; accessed 12 May 2015.
  3. ^ Morse, Felicity (17 February 2014). "Tories 'deliberately mock women MPs for their northern accents' says Pat Glass". The Independent. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Gaunt, Catherine (18 September 2015). "Pat Glass takes on shadow childcare role". Nursery World. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Jeremy Corbyn keeps Hilary Benn as shadow foreign secretary in reshuffle". BBC News. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Josh May (19 May 2016). "Labour MP Pat Glass describes member of the public as 'horrible racist'". PoliticsHome. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Labour MP Pat Glass calls Derbyshire voter 'a horrible racist'". BBC News. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hilary Armstrong
Member of Parliament
for North West Durham

Political offices
Preceded by
Pat McFadden
Shadow Minister for Europe

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