Helen Goodman has represented the Bishop Auckland Constituency since 2005.
Helen has served as Deputy Leader of the House and a Minister at the Department of Work and Pensions in the last Labour government. In opposition Helen has served as Shadow Prisons Minister, Shadow Minister for Culture & Media, Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform & Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister. She has also served on the Treasury Select Committee.
Helen’s main achievements include:
- Leading the campaign to save the Zurbaran paintings at Auckland Castle, which resulted in multi-million investment in Bishop Auckland
- Coordinating Labour’s campaign against the Bedroom Tax
- Pushing the Child Poverty Act into law, setting legal commitments to wiping out poverty for hundreds of thousands of children.
- Successfully campaigning to save DWP jobs at Vinovium House
- Blowing the whistle on plans to close Ward 6 at Bishop Auckland General Hospital and successfully halting the closure.
- Securing a 40mph speed limit through Evenwood Gate.
- Leading a Labour rebellion against the government on the Welfare Bill, which would have made many families worse off.
- Introducing a Bill to end rip-off management fees on new housing estates.
- Securing a new law against overseas Tax Avoidance
Before becoming an MP, Helen was Head of Strategy at HM Treasury, a senior executive of two children’s charities, and worked as an economic advisor for the Czechoslovak Prime Minister after the fall of the Soviet Union.
She was an inaugural trustee at Auckland Castle, having led the highly successful campaign to retain the Zurbaran Paintings in Auckland Castle. She is a Friend of Bowes Museum, and Patron of both the Befriender Scheme in Spennymoor and the County Durham charity Heel & Toe Charity. Regionally she is a Patron of North East Call to Action on Global Poverty and Climate Change (NE-CAP).
She is married with two children, and outside of politics, she enjoys cooking, walking and being with her family.