Bev Hughes was made a life Peer in 2010 and is Labour's frontbench spokesperson on Children and Education in the Lords.
Alongside her commitments in the Lords, Bev works as a Strategic Policy Advisor to the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Trustee of the Lowry Theatre, a member of USDAW and active in her former constituency.
Bev was a Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston from 1997. In the House of Commons she was a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee until she was appointed as PPS to the Minister for Local Government and Housing. In Government, she has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for both the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and for Prisons and Probation in the Home Office. From 2002, Bev held positions as Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Counter-Terrorism, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families and Minister of State for the North West of England. She was appointed a Privy Counsellor in 2004.
After graduation, Bev trained and worked as a probation officer, later taking up a research and teaching post at Manchester University where she became senior lecturer and Head of Department of Social Policy and Social Work. In 1986 she was elected to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council and became Leader of the Council in 1995.
In her free time Bev enjoys listening to jazz, fell-walking, cooking and spending time with her growing number of grandchildren.
For more information, read Bev's Parliamentary biography- available here.