Stephen McPartland was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Stevenage in 2010 and re-elected in 2015 and 2017. Stephen is currently the Conservative candidate working hard to win again and serve another five years as the Member of Parliament for Stevenage.
Stephen has secured over £300 million from the Government for infrastructure investment in Stevenage for our local schools, hospital, housing and jobs. He is leading a campaign for a satellite Radiotherapy Unit to be based at the Lister Hospital so cancer care can be brought closer to patients' homes. Stephen has also successfully secured the funds to widen the A1(M) to three lanes between junctions 6 and 8. Although it is not cheap, at £8 million a mile, it is a huge boost for local people and Hertfordshire's economy.
Stephen was born in Liverpool on 9th August 1976. He lives in Stevenage with his wife Emma who is a Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo) at a local primary school. He is an avid reader and a football fan, often watching Stevenage play. He supports a number of locally-based charity organisations in Stevenage.
In Parliament, Stephen held a number of roles. In 2017 he was elected as Chairman of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee, so becoming a member of the Liaison Select Committee, and was also a member of the Finance Select Committee. Up until his election as a Select Committee Chairman, Stephen was also actively involved with the running of several All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), including as Chairman of the Respiratory Health APPG and Vice-Chair of the Disability APPG.
Stephen is very outspoken on welfare issues and is considered an expert on the technical changes, leading the successful campaigns against changes to Tax Credits and protecting the self employed against changes to Employers National Insurance Contributions. He worked closely with Government to deliver change and has succeeded in delivering a number of legislative changes, for example, asthma inhalers being made available in school first aid kits in 2014. Stephen has a range of policy interests, including the application of technology.
Stephen has worked closely with with Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald to campaign for Finns Law, to provide our emergency service animals with greater protection after Police Dog Finn was stabbed in Stevenage.
Prior to being elected an MP, Stephen was the Director of Membership for British American Business (the US Chamber of Commerce), based in London. Stephen studied for his first degree in History at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 1997. He studied for an MSc in Technology Management at Liverpool John Moores University the following year.