Bill Esterson

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Bill Esterson
Official portrait of Bill Esterson MP crop 2.jpg
Official portrait, 2020
Shadow Minister for Business and Industry
Assumed office
4 December 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byOffice established
Shadow Minister for International Trade
In office
18 October 2016 – 4 December 2021
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Sir Keir Starmer
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byNia Griffith
Shadow Minister for Small Business
In office
18 September 2015 – 9 April 2020
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byToby Perkins
Succeeded byLucy Powell
Member of Parliament
for Sefton Central
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byConstituency Created
Majority15,122 (29.7%)
Personal details
William Roffen Esterson

(1966-10-27) 27 October 1966 (age 55)
Kent, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Leeds
WebsiteOfficial website

William Roffen Esterson[1] (born 27 October 1966)[2] is a British Labour Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Sefton Central since 2010. He has been Shadow Minister for International Trade since 2016. He was Shadow Minister for Small Business from 2015 to 2020.

Education and early life[edit]

Esterson attended Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School in Rochester, Kent.[3] He holds a joint degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Leeds. He trained with a large accountancy firm and subsequently became director of a training consultancy.[4]


Prior to being elected as an MP, he was the Labour Councillor for River Ward in Medway,[5] a unitary authority in Kent. When Medway Council was created in 1997, Esterson was elected to represent Town Ward. He represented Town Ward until 2003, when boundary changes were implemented. He was a previous councillor for St Margaret's and Borstal ward on Rochester-upon-Medway City Council which was dissolved to form Medway Council.[6] He has served on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Education; Community and Local Government; and Treasury Select Committees.[7]

Esterson contributed to the Hillsborough debate in the House of Commons on 17 October 2011 by reading directly the words of a bereaved father. In September 2011 he contributed to the book What next for Labour? Ideas for a new generation, his piece was entitled A Campaigning Party.[8]

In January 2015, Esterson proposed a bill which would introduce compulsory labelling of alcoholic drinks warning about potential dangers from drinking during pregnancy.[9] He was made Shadow Minister for Small Business following Jeremy Corbyn's election as Leader of the Labour Party in September 2015.[10] However, he supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Corbyn in the 2016 leadership election.[11] In October 2016, he was made Shadow Minister for International Trade.[7]

Esterson endorsed Keir Starmer in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election.[12] After Starmer's victory in the contest, Esterson was stood down as Shadow Small Business Minister but reappointed as Shadow International Trade Minister.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Esterson is married with two children.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9118.
  2. ^ "Bill Esterson MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Hinterland: Bill Esterson MP". 16 May 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Bill Esterson". Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Bill Esterson".
  6. ^ "Medway Council Election - 4 May 2000". Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Parliamentary Career for Bill Esterson MP, UK Parliament, n.d., retrieved 19 August 2020
  8. ^ Profile,; accessed 17 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Women should not drink 'at all' during pregnancy, says MP". BBC News. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Bill Esterson: "We're clearly going to be worse off outside the European Union"". Politics Home. 25 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  12. ^ Bill Esterson [@Bill_Esterson] (4 January 2020). "Decades of fighting injustice. Radical ideas for taking our country forward. Formidable ability to hold the Tories to account. Skills to bring our party together and win next time. Just some of the reasons I'm backing #keirforleader" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Sefton Central