Howard Stoate

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Howard Stoate
Howard Stoate, September 2009 cropped.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Dartford
In office
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Bob Dunn
Succeeded by Gareth Johnson
Personal details
Born (1954-04-14) 14 April 1954 (age 64)
Weymouth, Dorset, England
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Deborah Dunkerley
Alma mater King's College London

Dr Howard Geoffrey Alvan Stoate (born 14 April 1954) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Dartford constituency in Kent from 1997 to 2010.

Early life[edit]

He went to the independent Kingston Grammar School and at King's College London, gaining an MSc and Diploma of the RCOG (DRCOG). Stoate was a junior hospital doctor from 1977–81, then a general practitioner in Bexleyheath from 1982, and a GP tutor at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup from 1989. He was a Dartford Borough Councillor from 1990 to 99, Chair of Finance 1995-97.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He was elected MP for Dartford in 1997, having previously contested the seat in 1992 and Old Bexley and Sidcup in 1987. Having won the seat, he was re-elected in 2001 and 2005. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Estelle Morris between 2003 and 2005.

Stoate announced on 28 July 2009 that he would stand down at the next election.[1]

He has also written a number of pamphlets for the Fabian Society including 'Challenging the Citadel' in 2006.[2]

Subsequent career[edit]

On leaving Parliament he became Chair of the Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group,[3] having continued to practice as a GP during his parliamentary career.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Deborah Dunkerley in 1979 in Dartford and they have two sons (born September 1984 and April 1987).


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bob Dunn
Member of Parliament for Dartford
Succeeded by
Gareth Johnson