Helen Goodman MP has represented the Bishop Auckland Constituency since 2005, winning three consecutive elections. Helen currently serves in the Shadow Foreign Affairs team.
Helen was first elected in 2005, and 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 and Shadow Minister for Culture & Media. Between December 2014 and July 2015, Helen held the post of Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform, including coordinating Labour’s campaign for the abolition of the Bedroom Tax. In July 2015 Helen was elected by her peers to serve on the Treasury Select Committee which she continued until the snap election in 2017. Before becoming an MP, Helen was Head of Strategy at HM Treasury, a senior executive of two children’s charities, and worked for the Czechoslovak Prime Minister.
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.