Patrick is the child of the post-war welfare state, growing up in London in the 1950s and 60s. His parents were immigrants from Ireland who, like many immigrants, came to London for economic reasons and who aspired to better education and job prospects for Patrick and his two brothers.
Patrick became a social worker and throughout his working life, has always been passionate about providing good quality services for vulnerable families. He has always been interested in politics and has always believed in the values of trade unions and the ideas of solidarity. In recent years, there have been severe cuts to services across the public sector, which has left Patrick, like many people, angry at government policies that systemically create inequality in the UK.
Patrick has lived in Woking for 11 years and became involved in the local Labour Party to fight for decent housing, decent education and decent incomes for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has made these aspirations and the rebuilding of our public services even more urgent for working people.