Bridget is the Labour Member of Parliament for the constituency of Houghton and Sunderland South; one of three constituencies in the City of Sunderland. She was first elected to the seat on 6th May 2010 and increased her majority at the 2015 General Election.
Bridget is currently a member of the high profile Public Accounts Committee. Its members have a duty to scrutinise the value for money of public spending and hold the government and its civil servants to account for the delivery of public services.
In October 2013 she joined the Labour front bench as an Opposition Whip covering the departments of Energy & Climate Change, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Women & Equalities.
From May 2010 to October 2013 she was a member of the influential cross-party Home Affairs Committee, which examines in detail government policy and proposed changes to the law on crucial areas such as crime and anti-social behaviour, policing and immigration.
Born and brought up in Washington, Bridget attended local schools and joined the Labour Party aged 15.
After reading Modern History at Hertford College, Oxford where she was also Co-Chair of the University Labour Club, Bridget returned to the North East. Before becoming an MP, Bridget managed a refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
Bridget is married with two young children.