Strong national voice
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. Under the party leadership of Sir Keir Starmer MP he was promoted on the opposition front bench in April 2020 to Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces.
He was Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities) from July 2019 to April 2020, 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.
Prior to that he held the position of Private Parliamentary Secretary (PPS) 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, from November 2017-July 2019.
He has a keen interest in improving public services, encouraging educational opportunities for all and tackling crime.