Steve Gilbert

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Steve Gilbert
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Member of Parliament
for St Austell and Newquay
In office
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Steve Double
Majority 1,312 (2.8%)
Personal details
Born (1976-11-06) 6 November 1976 (age 40)
Truro, Cornwall, England
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat

Stephen David John Gilbert (born 6 November 1976) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He was elected at the 2010 general election the Member of Parliament (MP) for the new constituency of St Austell and Newquay,[2] but lost his seat at the 2015 general election to the Conservative Party candidate Steve Double.[3]


Born in Truro, Gilbert was educated at schools in Lostwithiel, Fowey and St Austell. He went on to study International Politics at University of Wales, Aberystwyth and completed a master's degree, also in International Politics, at the London School of Economics.[4]

He is a former Restormel Borough Councillor, whose area overlaps considerably with the constituency, and a former Haringey Borough Councillor. Briefly working in the Westminster office of the then Liberal Democrat MP, Lembit Öpik, and he also worked as a public affairs consultant for a financial services company in London.[5]

Gilbert was one of 24 openly gay MPs in the House of Commons during the 2010–15 term.[6]

Parliamentary career[edit]

He was first elected to Parliament in 2010 as MP for the new constituency of St Austell and Newquay with a majority of 1,312.

On being elected, he was appointed to the Select Committee for Communities and Local Government. He has also served as a Junior Government Whip and as chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing.

In September 2012 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Energy & Climate Change Secretary of State Ed Davey.

He was also a member of the Public Bill Committee for the Defence Reform Act 2014.[7]

In 2013 he helped rescue a woman from the River Thames, throwing a lifebuoy after spotting what he had first thought was a body floating past the House of Commons terrace.[8]


  1. ^ Letts, Quentin (5 February 2013). "'Equality' was said so often it became as bruised as an old peach". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Staff (7 May 2010). "Election 2010: St Austell & Newquay". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "St Austell & Newquay Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC News. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Gilbert". 
  5. ^ "Steve Gilbert background". 
  6. ^ Geen, Jessica. "Lib Dem MP Steve Gilbert calls for progress on gay marriage". Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Defence Reform Bill 2013–14". Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "MP Stephen Gilbert helps save woman from River Thames". BBC News. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay
Succeeded by
Steve Double