Tracy Brabin MP
Tracy Brabin is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen, and the Shadow Minister for Early Years.
Tracy was born in Batley, West Yorkshire, and was educated at Heckmondwike Grammar School, growing up in a two-bed council flat on the Howden Clough Estate in Birstall. Her mother still lives on the estate. Tracy went on to study drama at Loughborough University and later gained a Master of Arts degree in screenwriting from the London College of Communication and the University of the Arts London in 2001.
Her breakthrough acting role was in ITV comedy A Bit of Do, in which she played clumsy waitress Sandra Pickersgill alongside David Jason. Tracy most famously starred in Coronation Street from 1994 until 1997 as Tricia Armstrong. Tracy combined acting and writing, and has written for Heartbeat, Family Affairs, Crossroads, Tracy Beaker, Hollyoaks, Shameless and Doctors.
Tracy has been a lifelong campaigner for the Labour Party, regularly supporting candidates in local and national elections. Tracy worked alongside her trade unions, Equity and The Writers’ Guild, in order to get better paying conditions for her colleagues and was elected to Parliament in October 2016 as MP for Batley and Spen, following the murder of sitting MP Jo Cox. Following re-election, Tracy was promoted to the Shadow Minister for Early Years.