|Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland|
20 November 2010
|Preceded by||Eric Joyce|
|Member of Parliament
for Ealing North
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Harry Greenway|
3 July 1948 |
|Alma mater||London School of Economics|
Pound went to Hertford Grammar School (now called Richard Hale School) on Hale Road in Hertford. He was educated, as a mature student from 1979–84, at the London School of Economics where he gained a Diploma in Industrial Relations and a BSc in Economics. He was the student union president from 1981-2.
He was a boxer in the Merchant Navy, when at sea from 1964–66, leading Private Eye magazine to refer to him as "Ealing North's tattooed bruiser". He also played football for Hanwell Town. He also worked as a bus conductor for London Transport, from 1966-68. He was a hospital porter from 1969-79. Prior to becoming an MP he worked for Paddington Churches Housing Association as a housing manager from 1984 until he became an MP. He was based at their office in Willesden.
Pound has represented Ealing North since 1997. He served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Hazel Blears until he resigned in protest at the decision to replace Trident on 14 March 2007. He supported Blears in the 2007 Labour Party deputy leadership election. Pound served as a councillor in Ealing from 1982 to 1998; in 1982 Pound won Elthorne ward and in 1986 he was re-elected in his home ward of Hobbayne.
After the election of Ed Miliband as Labour leader in October 2010, he became an assistant whip. In November of that year he became shadow minister for Northern Irelend.
How Stephen Pound voted on key issues since 2001 (They Work For You):
- Voted against introducing a smoking ban.
- Voted for introducing ID cards.
- Voted for introducing foundation hospitals.
- Voted for introducing student top-up fees.
- Voted for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
- Voted for the Iraq war.
- Voted against investigating the Iraq war.
- Voted against replacing Trident missile system.
- Voted for the hunting ban.
- Voted for some gay rights, but against the Gay Marriage bill in February 2013
- Voted for laws to stop climate change.
MP's expenses scandal
In May 2009 it was discovered Pound had claimed a mileage allowance of £4,251, equating to 11,004 miles of travel between his constituency and Parliament 11 miles away. He explained this by saying he made the trip 'two or three times a day'.
In 2003 BBC’s Today Programme asked its listeners to suggest a law that they would like to see put onto the statute books. The BBC received 10,000 nominations and five were short-listed, from which listeners then voted to select their preferred choice. Stephen Pound agreed to sponsor in Parliament whichever idea eventually won the final vote.
On 1 January 2004 it was announced on air that first place with 37 percent of the vote had gone to the proposal to authorise homeowners to use any means to defend their home from intruders. (The controversial farmer Tony Martin was still very much in the news.) Stephen Pound’s on-air reaction to the result was that, "The people have spoken — the bastards".
- "UKPollingReport Election Guide » Ealing North". Ukpollingreport.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
- "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests - Part 2: Part 2". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
- Stephen Pound's official site
- "UK | UK Politics | What you've spotted on expenses". BBC News. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2012-11-12.
- Exclusive: Tory Mp Wallops Labour Mp - Mirror.Co.Uk
- Nuclear weapons 'essential to UK', BBC News, 14 March 2007
- Scandal of how MPs are taking taxpayers for a ride with extortionate travel expenses
- "how your MP voted on the FOI Bill". London: times online. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
- The Today Programme - Law - The Verdict
- Independent Catholic News website
- MP's shock at long lost daughter
- Official website
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- 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
- 'Ealing Gazette' newspaper column written by Stephen Pound and other Ealing MPs
- 'Ealing Times' newspaper column written by Stephen Pound and other Ealing MPs until 2008
- MPs vote to renew Trident, with information of his resignation.
On his dressing up as a Cheeky Girl for charity:
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|Member of Parliament for Ealing North