Steve was elected as Member of Parliament for North East Cambridgeshire in 2010. He is married to Karen and has a daughter, Amelie, and a son, Luke, and they live just outside Wisbech in Cambridgeshire.
In Parliament he focussed on achieving better value for money in public spending, promoting patient safety in the NHS and fairness in the tax system.
Steve comes from a working class Northern background, growing up in Lancashire. He was born in 1972 and is the youngest of three rugby playing brothers. His dad worked as a full time trade union official and then in IT, and his mum worked full time as a civil service administrator. Steve comes from the first generation of his family to go to university, reading history at Cambridge University, and spent his gap year in the army serving with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Steve qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and then worked as an insurance company lawyer for Axa Insurance, as a regulator for the Financial Services Authority, and as Director of Regulatory Affairs and then Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions at Barclays Retail Bank prior to entering Parliament.
Steve joined the Conservative Party in 1994 after leaving university. He stood for Parliament in 1997 in Manchester Blackley and in 2001 in Lancaster & Wyre, before being selected for his current seat of North East Cambridgeshire in January 2008 by an open primary. He was elected to Parliament on 6th May 2010, securing over 50% of the vote and a majority of 16,425. He was returned to Parliament at the 2015 General Election.