|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales|
4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||David Jones|
|Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury|
May 2010 – 4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Succeeded by||Desmond Swayne|
|Member of Parliament
for Preseli Pembrokeshire
5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Jackie Lawrence|
20 January 1973 |
Inverness, Highland, Scotland
|Alma mater||University of Bristol
London Business School
Stephen Crabb (born 20 January 1973) is a Welsh Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire. He is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Wales Office. He replaced David Jones, MP who became the Welsh Secretary. Crabb is to remain a government whip, undertaking part-time some of the duties he's carried out since 2010. The BBC described this dual role as unusual.
Crabb was born in Inverness and brought up in council housing in Pembrokeshire. He was educated at the Fenton Infants School, Barn Street Junior School (now both called Fenton Community Primary School) on Portfield and Tasker Milward V.C. School in Haverfordwest from 1984-91. He was awarded a BSc (1st) in Politics at the University of Bristol in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration from the London Business School.
In 1996 he became a parliamentary affairs officer for the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, before working at the London Chamber of Commerce in 1998: he left them in 2002 as the policy and campaigns manager. He has been a business consultant since.
Between 3 January 2012 and 4 September 2012 he was a director/trustee of a charity, Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship, partly based in his parliamentary constituency.In early 2014 This connection to PATCH caused some controversy and raised questions over Crabb's sincerity towards foodbank users when on 18 December 2013, at a parliamentary debate he voted against the publication of a 2013 investigation into foodbanks use and UK hunger and in the same motion voted against the call for the government to implement measures to reduce UK foodbank dependency.
He unsuccessfully contested the House of Commons seat of Preseli Pembrokeshire at the 2001 General Election but fell 2,946 votes short of removing the sitting Labour MP Jackie Lawrence. He contested the seat again at the 2005 General Election against a new candidate, Sue Hayman, as Lawrence had chosen to retire. Stephen Crabb was elected as the Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire with a majority of just 607 votes. He made his maiden speech on 25 May 2005.
He spoke in favour of government plans to replace Trident in the debate on 14 March 2007.
In May 2009 it was revealed that Stephen Crabb claimed £8,049 on his second home expenses in order to refurbish a flat in London. After selling the flat for a profit, he "flipped" his expenses to cover a house that was being purchased for his family in Pembrokeshire. A room in another flat was then designated as his main home.
In the 2010 elections on 6 May Stephen Crabb retained his seat with a majority of 4,605 and 42.79% of the vote.
He married Béatrice Monnier. They have a son (born January 2002) and daughter (born October 2004). He plays rugby for Commons and Lords RFC.
- Crabb's Foodbank Hypocrisy http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/letters/10954233.Foodbank_hypocrisy/ retrieved 22 Jan 2014
- Modell, David (18 May 2008). "Christian fundamentalists fighting spiritual battle in Parliament". Telegraph.co.uk (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- "CARE Leadership Programme 2010–11" (PDF). www.care.org.uk. CARE. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
- "Oral Answers to Questions (25 May 2005)". Hansard 434 (79).[dead link]
- Swaine, Jon (14 May 2009). "Stephen Crabb nominates fellow MP's flat as main home: MPs' expenses". Telegraph.co.uk (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 2009-05-20.
- Stephen Crabb MP official constituency website
- Stephen Crabb MP Conservative Party profile
- Stephen Crabb MP Welsh Conservative Party profile
- Preseli Pembrokeshire Conservatives
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Meet the MP: Stephen Crabb BBC News, 20 December 2005
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire