About Patrick

Patrick Hall was born in Birmingham and was brought up in Oxford, Belfast, Luton, and Ampthill. He attended school in Bedford then went on to study at Birmingham University and Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes).

Patrick has lived in Bedford since the late 1970s. He worked as a Town & Country Planner and then Town Centre Coordinator for Bedford. In 1997 he was elected Labour Member of Parliament for Bedford & Kempston and re-elected in 2001 and 2005, narrowly losing in 2010.

As MP, Patrick's interests majored on serving the people of the constituency, and he became known as an attentive constituency-based MP. His work in Parliament reflected his experience in town planning, becoming the chair of the all-parliamentary group on town centre management. He was also a vocal campaigner on better transport links for Bedford, pushing for the Bedford by-pass and rail investment for the town's many commuters.

During the parliamentary expenses scandal, Patrick was one of the few MPs to be applauded for his integrity on claims. His expenses claims were among the lowest total claims of all MPs. He was described as one of the 'saints' by the Daily Telegraph, the newspaper which first revealed the expenses scandal story in 2009.

Patrick is married to Claudia and has two step sons, Giovanni and Gabriele.

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