Patrick McLoughlin was the Member of Parliament for Derbyshire Dales 1986 – 2019. Prior to that, he contested Wolverhampton South East at the 1983 General Election.
He became a member of the National Union of Mineworkers working through the 1983-4 miners’ strike, in the absence of a national ballot. Patrick was then an industrial representative for the National Coal Board’s Western Area Marketing Department
He has considerable experience in local and national politics. Before becoming an MP, Patrick was a member of Cannock Chase District Council between 1980 and 1987 and of Staffordshire County Council from 1981 to 1987
He began to get involved with the voluntary arm of the Conservative Party from 1977, becoming a member of several National Committees and serving as Vice-Chairman of the National Young Conservatives from 1982-84.
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Transport, 1989 – 1992
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Employment, 1992 – 1993
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry, 1993 – 1994
- Government Whip, 1995 – 1996
- Lord Commissioner at the Treasury, 1996 – 1997
- Deputy Opposition Chief Whip, 1998 – 2005
- Opposition Chief Whip, 2005 – 2010
- Government Chief Whip, 2010-2012
- Secretary of State for Transport 2012 – 2016
- Chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster 2016 – 2018
- 2018 – 2019 Member of Parliament’s Restoration Board; Member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee
22 June 2005, Patrick was appointed Patrick to the Privy Council.
August 2016, he was knighted in David Cameron’s resignation honours list.
September 2019, Patrick was made a Companion of Honour, in Theresa May’s resignation honours list.
November 2019, he decided not to seek re-election.
September 2020, Patrick took his seat in the House of Lords