ABOUT BEV HUGHES:
Bev has been Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston since 1997
She was born in 1950 and brought up in Ellesmere Port.
She moved to Flixton in 1976, and has lived there ever since.
She is married to Tom McDonald and has three grown-up children.
Attending Manchester and Liverpool Universities in the early 70's, she then became a
probation officer, universtity lecturer and then the Senior Lecturer and
Head of Department at the University of Manchester.
In 1986 she was elected local councillor in Trafford and in 1995 became
Leader of Trafford Council before entering parliament in 1997.
Bev's work in Parliament has included the following appointments:
1997: Member of Home Affairs Select Committee.
1998: Parliamentary Private Secretary
1999: Minister for Local Government and Planning
2001: Minister for Prisons and Probation
2002: Minister for Immigration and Citizenship
2003: Minister for immigration and Counter Terrorism.
2004: Bev was appointed to the Privy Council by H.M. The Queen.
2005: Following the Election victory Bev was appointed Minister for Children, Young People and Families.