Friday 11 April 2014, 1.00pm - 1.45pm, Room MC401
On Friday 11 April, two of Wolverhampton’s MPs, Pat McFadden and Emma Reynolds, will be visiting the University to speak to undergraduate students.
After studying politics at Edinburgh University, Pat worked as a researcher for Donald Dewar MP, a speechwriter for John Smith MP and an adviser to Tony Blair, both in opposition and later in 10 Downing St.In 2005 he was elected as MP for Wolverhampton South East, pledging in his maiden speech to fight for education and opportunity for all regardless of their background.In 2006 he joined the Labour Government as Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Cabinet Office and in 2007 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and remained as Minister of State in its successor department, the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. Following the 2010 election he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and in September 2010 returned to the backbenches. In 2011 Pat was appointed to the Treasury Select Committee.
Emma was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East in May 2010 and in October 2013 was appointed as the Shadow Housing Minister attending Shadow Cabinet. Emma was the Shadow Europe Minister for the previous two years. Emma is from Wolverhampton and attended local schools before graduating at Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economics.Prior to becoming an MP, Emma helped to set up a small business which supported British companies in understanding and influencing EU laws. She then went on to work for the Party of European Socialists in Brussels as an adviser to Robin Cook. Emma was later appointed as political advisor to Geoff Hoon in his role as Europe Minister and then Chief Whip.Since her election, Emma has spoken in Parliament on subjects as diverse as the economy, human trafficking, youth unemployment and cuts to police numbers. Emma has recently established the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Aerospace, a vital local industry in Wolverhampton, and was subsequently elected chair. She is also Secretary of the APPG for British Sikhs and the APPG on Human Trafficking.