Patricia was first elected as a Labour councillor in 2006 representing the North Greenford ward. She went on to represent the Acton Central ward from 2010 to 2018, when she retired from frontline politics.
Patricia was the Mayor of Ealing for 2016/17, and continued to be active in local civic life after she stepped down from the council. She was a familiar sight in Acton, and has offered her support to many, many local organisations and charities.
During her time as a councillor, she was appointed to the shadow cabinet with the portfolio of Children and Young People. She served on several committees, including scrutiny review panels and the corporate parent committee.
Away from the council, Patricia was a visiting professor at the University of West London. Originally from the north east, her political interests started at an early age through her family’s involvement in local politics, and she had followed in the footsteps of her mother Alberta Patricia Wallace, who was the mayor and an alderman of Gateshead.
Councillor Peter Mason, leader of the council said: “Patricia was an incredible person. She worked tirelessly to represent her local community and contributed a great deal to the council as a backbencher, cabinet member and as Mayor. So many people and organisations across Ealing can attest to her care, dedication and perseverance in supporting them and their work. Her legacy is a blessing.
“On behalf of all councillors and council officers I offer sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to her family at this difficult time.”