Strong national voice
He was promoted to Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities) in July 2019, with a policy brief to speak at the Despatch Box on services from adult social care, children’s services, faith and community cohesion, welfare reform and debt services to community pubs.
The city MP has long argued that the Government has no higher duty than the protection of our citizens and the maintenance of national security.
Following his work standing up for the nation’s armed forces, in January 2020 Stephen he was appointed to Labour’s Defence Team as Shadow Minister for Defence Procurement. The brief includes policy areas from the delivery of the equipment and support, nuclear enterprise, exports, cyber, innovation, science and technology, estates and environment and sustainability.
He held the position of Private Parliamentary Secretary for the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from July 2017-September 2019, and sat on the Public Accounts Committee, the oldest select committee in Parliament, focusing on defence, between November 2017 and July 2019.
He has a keen interest in improving public services, promoting educational opportunities for all and tackling crime.