Gareth Snell

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Gareth Snell

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Member of Parliament
for Stoke-on-Trent Central
Assumed office
24 February 2017
Preceded byTristram Hunt
Majority3,897 (11.8%)
Member of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
for Silverdale and Parksite
Assumed office
4 August 2016
Preceded byEileen Braithwaite
Member of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
for Knutton and Silverdale
In office
6 May 2010 – 22 May 2014
Preceded byRichard Gorton
Succeeded byDerrick Huckfield
Personal details
Gareth Craig Snell

(1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 33)
Stowmarket, England, UK
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Alma materKeele University

Gareth Craig Snell (born 1 January 1986) is a British Labour Co-operative politician, who entered Parliament as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-on-Trent Central at the 2017 Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election.[3] Following the snap general election, he was re-elected on 8 June 2017.


Snell was educated at Stowmarket High School,[4] in the market town of Stowmarket in Suffolk in East Anglia, followed by Keele University, where he studied History and Politics, graduating in 2008.[5]

Political career[edit]

Before his election as an MP, Snell served as a member of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, including a period as leader from 2012 and 2014. As leader he made the Council a Living Wage employer and part of the Cooperative Council network. He also implemented a 'no redundancies' policy that remains in force. He lost his council seat in the 2014 elections but was re-elected in a by-election on 5 August 2016 with 56% of the vote.[6] He was a supporter of Remain in the June 2016 European Union referendum;[7] however, he has said that he respects the referendum result and will work for the best Brexit deal for Stoke.[citation needed]

On 24 February 2017, Snell defeated eight other candidates to win the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, including second-placed Paul Nuttall, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party. He was re-elected with a majority of nearly 4,000 on 8 June 2017. This was an increase of the figure of 2,600 at the by-election, but compares to 20,000 from 1997.[8]


  1. ^ "Labour Party chooses candidate for by-election". Stoke Sentinel. 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council Election Results" (PDF). The Elections Centre. 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Labour Party chooses candidate for by-election". Stoke Sentinel. 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ Paul Geater (27 February 2017). ""Suffolk lad" Labour MP Gareth Snell starts his Westminster career". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  5. ^ University, Keele. "2008, Keele University". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Former council leader returns to council after by-election win". Stoke Sentinel. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  7. ^ Jessica Elgot (13 February 2017). "Labour's Stoke byelection candidate apologises for offensive tweets aimed at women". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Stoke-on-Trent Central parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tristram Hunt
Member of Parliament
for Stoke-on-Trent Central