Steve McCabe (politician)

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Steve McCabe
MP
Steve McCabe MP and Baroness Gardner of Parkes.jpg
McCabe, with Baroness Gardner, 2011
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Selly Oak
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Lynne Jones
Majority 3,482 (7.5%)
Member of Parliament
for Birmingham Hall Green
In office
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
Preceded by Andrew Hargreaves
Succeeded by Roger Godsiff
Personal details
Born (1955-08-04) 4 August 1955 (age 58)
Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Lorraine Lea Clendon
Alma mater University of Bradford

Stephen James "Steve" McCabe (born 4 August 1955) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Hall Green from 1997 to 2010, when he was elected for Birmingham Selly Oak.

Early life[edit]

Born in the shipbuilding town of Port Glasgow on the River Clyde, McCabe attended the town's local secondary school before studying at the Moray House College (later named Moray House School of Education) in Edinburgh, where he was awarded a Diploma in Social Studies (Certificate Qualification Social Work) in 1977 and qualified as a social worker.

He worked initially as a social worker in Wolverhampton for six years from 1977, and from 1978-1982 he served as a shop steward with the National and Local Government Officers Association. In 1983 he was appointed manager with the Priory Group working in the mental health field in Newbury. He left the Priory in 1985 and returned to education, taking an MA in Social Work at the University of Bradford in 1986.

Following his degree he worked as a social services lecturer at the North East Worcestershire College in Redditch. In 1989 he became a child care worker in Solihull until 1991 when was appointed as an education adviser to the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (now called the General Social Care Council). He remained in this position until his election to the House of Commons.

He was elected as a councillor to Birmingham City Council in 1990 and served until 1998, during which time he served as the chair of the city's housing committee.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Steve McCabe was elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green at the 1997 General Election when he unseated the Conservative member Andrew Hargreaves by 8,420 votes in the Labour landslide; the first time a Labour MP held the seat.

He served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Charles Clarke in his capacity as Secretary of State for Education and Skills (2003–2004) and as Home Secretary (2004–2005). He joined the government Whips Office in 2006 as an Assistant, and since 2007 a Lord Commissioner to the Treasury (a full Whip). He has also served on various select committees, including Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee (1998–2003) and Home Affairs Select Committee (2005–2006).

In October 2006 he applied for selection to the redrawn Birmingham Selly Oak seat, which incorporates much of his existing seat. Following the announcement by Lynne Jones, the sitting member for Selly Oak, in January 2007 that she would stand down at the next election, he became the favourite to be selected for the newly drawn constituency, and was duly selected by the local Labour party. He decided not to apply for the redrawn Hall Green seat on the grounds that its boundaries were significantly different from the existing seat of the same name.[1]

He was re-elected, in Selly Oak, at the May 2010 general election.[2]

Expenses[edit]

In the 2009 expenses scandal it was revealed that McCabe had over-claimed on his mortgage by £4,059.[3] A three-month investigation by the parliamentary fees office resulted in McCabe calling for Commons officials to be sacked.[4] He later admitted, "I did make an error in my claim and, as the letter from the fees office shows, this money was repaid in a deduction from my next claim."[3] Between 2004 and 2008, McCabe claimed £54,699 in expenses for his second home, on which he has a £60,000 mortgage. The claims included £5,500 for a new kitchen.[3]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Andrew Hargreaves
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hall Green
19972010
Succeeded by
Roger Godsiff
Preceded by
Lynne Jones
Member of Parliament for Birmingham Selly Oak
2010
Incumbent