Pat was born in
His, parents came to
Pat was educated at
He worked as a researcher for Donald Dewar MP, a speechwriter for John Smith MP and an adviser to Tony Blair, both in opposition and later in
In 2005 he was elected as MP for Wolverhampton South East, pledging in his maiden speech to fight for education and opportunity for all regardless of their background.
In 2006 he joined the Labour Government as Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Cabinet Office.
In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business,
Following the 2010 election he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and in September 2010 returned to the backbenches.