Centre supporter and former Member of Parliament.
Stephen is a former MP and a supporter of Centre.
MP for Eastbourne
Stephen was the MP for Eastbourne from 2010 to 2015 and 2017 to 2019. His front bench roles included Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Northern Ireland, the DWP and in the coalition government, as PPS to the Environment Secretary.
An independent minded MP
Stephen has always been independent minded and whether it is tuition fees or Brexit. On Brexit he made a promise to respect the result of the referendum and resigned the Liberal Democrat whip over the issue. This was all despite supporting the remain campaign during the referendum. He also voted against increasing tuition fees describing it as “…a disastrous mistake” during the coalition government.
He was also a member of multiple APPG’s. He was also the Vice-Chair of the State Pension Inequality for Women, the Universal Credit, Vascular and Venous Disease, Adult Social Care, Beer, Deafness, Disability, Equitable Life and Single Parent Families APPGs. He was the Secretary of the Religion or Belief APPG along with being the Officer for the Multiple Sclerosis, Apprenticeships, Southern Rail and Town Centres APPGs.
A champion for Eastbourne
Stephen has been a champion for Eastbourne both during his time as an MP and just as a resident. He has campaigned for improvements to the A27, supported Eastbourne District General Hospital, created 180 new apprenticeships, created an MP’s Commission in his constituency and successfully campaigned for an inquiry into the Gosport War Memorial Hospital 1990s opioid deaths.
Stephen is one of our most active supporters being involved in our podcast, writing forewords for papers and events. He has focused in Centre on issues such as mental health, tackling loneliness, the NHS, Brexit and centrism.