Bridget Theresa Prentice (née Corr; born 28 December 1952) is a British Labour Party politician, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lewisham East from 1992 to 2010. She was married to fellow Labour MP Gordon Prentice from 20 December 1975, until their divorce in 2000.
|Member of the Electoral Commission|
for the Labour Party
|Assumed office |
1 April 2014
|Nominated by||Ed Miliband|
|Preceded by||Lord Kennedy of Southwark|
|Member of Parliament |
for Lewisham East
10 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
|Preceded by||Colin Moynihan|
|Succeeded by||Heidi Alexander|
|Born||28 December 1952|
Glasgow, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Gordon Prentice (m. 1975–2000)|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow,|
University of London,
South Bank Polytechnic
Bridget Prentice was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 28 December 1952. She attended Our Lady and St Francis School, the University of Glasgow (MA English Literature and Modern History 1973), the University of London (PGCE 1974) and South Bank Polytechnic (LLB 1992).
After beginning her working life as the Rector's Assistant at the University of Glasgow (1972–73), she became a history and English teacher at the Roman Catholic London Oratory School in Fulham (1974–86) and later Head of Careers (1984–6), before switching to John Archer School in Wandsworth as Head of Careers between 1986 and 1988.
Member of ParliamentEdit
Prentice was an unsuccessful candidate in the 1987 general election, when she stood for Croydon Central. She contested Lewisham East at the 1992 election; its incumbent Conservative MP had a majority of 4,846. Prentice gained it for Labour with a majority of 1,095, and increased the majority to 12,127 in 1997. In subsequent general elections she held the seat with reduced majorities of 9,003 in 2001, and 6,751 in 2005.
Appointed a Labour Whip in 1995 by Tony Blair, she continued in the role on Labour entering government in May 1997, before becoming PPS to the Minister for Trade (1998–1999), and then PPS to the Lord Chancellor (1999–2001); she then left government in 2001 to become a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee (2001–2003).
Prentice rejoined the government in 2003, appointed again to the Government Whips' Office. She later became a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Constitutional Affairs, continuing in the role in the department's successor, the Ministry of Justice. Within the department, she was responsible for reform of electoral administration, legal services, legal services complaints, legal services commissioner and ombudsman, asylum and immigration, devolution and regional policy.
In December 2008, she was reprimanded by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards John Lyon, for misusing her communications allowance. She agreed to pay back the money, which had been spent on sending party political literature to voters who were outside her constituency, but who would join it at the next election as the result of boundary changes.
She has close ties to Bonus Pastor Secondary School in Lewisham, accepting one pupil every year for work experience, which includes work within the constituency and the Houses of Parliament. Although a Roman Catholic, Prentice has been a Governor at Trinity Church of England All Through School since 2010. In September 2013, she was elected Chair of the Governing Body.
- MP breached rules using taxpayer cash for leaflets[permanent dead link], Evening Standard, 8 December 2008
- LEWISHAM: MP Bridget Prentice set to stand down, Evening Standard, 6 April 2009
- Bridget Prentice MP official site
- Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Bridget Prentice MP
- TheyWorkForYou.com - Voting record of Bridget Prentice MP
- Pupils interview Bridget Prentice about how to get your voice heard for Radiowaves (2008)[permanent dead link]
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Lewisham East
1992 – 2010