About Catherine

Born in Denton, the third of eight children, Catherine’s roots in Newcastle are deep. She grew up in the West End of the city, attending Sacred Heart Comprehensive School in Fenham, and her family goes back generations in this area.
Catherine studied Politics and History at Edinburgh University and then Law at Northumbria University.
After graduating Catherine became an employment solicitor in Newcastle. She entered politics in 2010, being elected as the first female Labour MP for the former Newcastle upon Tyne North constituency.
Over the years, she has held various shadow ministerial positions, including Shadow Children’s Minister, Shadow Treasury Minister and Shadow Attorney General. After successfully retaining her MP seat in the 2015, 2017, and 2019 general elections she served as Chair of the Petitions Committee in Parliament. Catherine was also appointed Labour’s Shadow Schools Minister from 2023 to July 2024.
      Catherine was elected to serve as the MP for the new Newcastle North constituency following the 2024 General Election. Catherine was appointed a minister of state for the Department for Education on 8 July 2024.
Catherine lives in her constituency with her husband, their three children, and their adopted former service dog.