Stephen Greenhalgh

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Stephen Greenhalgh
Stephen Greenhalgh 2012.jpg
Greenhalgh in 2012
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime
In office
6 June 2012 – 9 May 2016
MayorBoris Johnson
Preceded byKit Malthouse (Policing)
Succeeded bySophie Linden
Personal details
Born (1967-09-04) 4 September 1967 (age 51)
London, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
ResidenceFulham, London (private)
Alma materSt Paul's School
Trinity College, Cambridge (MA)

Stephen John Greenhalgh (born 4 September 1967) is a British businessman and politician, and was the first Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in London. He is a member of the Conservative Party.

Early life[edit]

Greenhalgh was born in Watford, spending most of his childhood in London.[1] His mother was expelled from Czechoslovakia,[2] and his father was a surgeon.[3] He attended St Paul's School, where he was a Senior Foundation Scholar. In 1985, he went up to read History and Law at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Perry Exhibitioner. There he took part in rowing and rugby, and in 1988 he was President of the Cambridge Union Society. He graduated in 1989 and worked as a brand manager for Procter & Gamble until 1994. That year, he became a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 1999, he became the Managing Director of BIBA Medical, a business that he had set up.[4]

Political career[edit]

Greenhalgh began his political career in the local politics of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, first standing for election in 1994 in Sands End, a relatively poor ward within Fulham. He was unsuccessful.[5] In a by-election in 1996, he was elected to the Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council in the Town ward,[6] at a time when the Conservatives were in opposition on the Council. Two years later, he became the Conservative spokesman on social services. Then, in 1999, he became the deputy leader of the Conservative group, and in 2003 the group leader, and in 2006 the Council leader.[4] At the next elections in 2010, the Conservatives under Greenhalgh lost two Council seats but still retained a large majority.[7] During his time on the Council, Greenhalgh became famous for being a cost-cutter, for which he has received both praise and criticism.[1][2]

In 2008, Greenhalgh was appointed by Eric Pickles, the then Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to head the new Conservative Councils Innovation Unit to formulate new local-government policy, and he was also appointed by the new Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to oversee a financial audit of the Greater London Authority.[4]

In 2012, pursuant to section 3 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 ('the act'), the Metropolitan Police Authority was abolished and replaced with the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime. On 6 June 2012,[8] Greenhalgh was appointed, by Boris Johnson, to head the MOPAC, as the inaugural Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. Although Greenhalgh was not an elected official the Mayor was permitted to appoint an unelected official by sections 19 and 20 of the act. Greenhalgh resigned from his roles as Council leader and Councillor.[9]

In February 2014, Greenhalgh publicly endorsed Johnson's proposal to equip the police with water cannon to be used in the event of a serious outbreak of public disorder.[10]

In December 2014, Greenhalgh became the third declared candidate for the Conservative Party nomination in the 2016 London mayoral election.[11]

Public image[edit]

Greenhalgh was the subject of controversy in the first months of his appointment as the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. He apologised after a colleague stated that he had patted her on the bottom, though she apparently did not make an official complaint, and he stated that he had no recollection of the alleged incident.[12] He also had difficult relations with members of the London Assembly.[13][14]

However, Greenhalgh has also been the subject of praise. The Daily Telegraph has often named him among the "Top 100 most influential Right-wingers". He ranked 88 in 2009,[15] 71 in 2010[16] and 84 in 2011.[17] ConservativeHome named him the "Local Hero of the Year" for 2007/2008, after having received 8000 votes for him from the website's readers.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Greenhalgh is married with three children and lives in Fulham.[2] His interests include cycling and tennis. He speaks French, German and Italian. Since 2006, he has been a Trustee of the Carmelia Botnar Arterial Research Foundation and since 2012 a governor of Hurlingham & Chelsea School.[4]


  1. ^ a b Crerar, Pippa. "Axeman? I prefer to use a scalpel, says policing boss with Met budget in his sights". London Evening Standard. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Salman, Saba. "Stephen Greenhalgh: localism hero or demolition man?" The Guardian. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  3. ^ Hill, Dave. "Earls Court: the Met, the ESB and the Stephen Greenhalgh-Capco interaction". The Guardian. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d underwoodchris1. "Greenhalgh CV". Scribd. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  5. ^ Russell, Sarah-Jayne. "The Lifelines Interview: Stephen Greenhalgh". Chartered Quality Institute. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  6. ^ Minors, Michael; Grenham, Dennis. "London Borough Council Elections 7 May 1998". London Research Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Hammersmith & Fulham". BBC News. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Stephen Greenhalgh: Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime" Archived 9 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Tories hold Town ward seat with Fulham by-election victory". GetWestLondon. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  10. ^ Greenhalgh, Stephen. "Why I support giving water cannon to London's police". The Guardian. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  11. ^ Watts, Joseph (18 December 2014). "Stephen Greenhalgh announces bid to become London Mayor". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  12. ^ Gardham, Duncan. "Boris Johnson deputy in bottom pinching apology". The Telegraph. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  13. ^ "'Cocky' deputy mayor criticised at first police meeting". BBC News. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  14. ^ Hill, Dave. "Does Boris Johnson's policing deputy have what it takes?". The Guardian. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  15. ^ Dale, Iain; Brivati, Brian (4 October 2009). "Top 100 most influential Right-wingers: 100-51". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  16. ^ Dale, Iain; Brivati, Brian. "Top 100 most influential Right-wingers: 75-51". The Telegraph. 4 October 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  17. ^ Dale, Iain; Brivati, Brian. "The Top 100 most influential people on the Right 2011, 100–76". The Telegraph. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Local Hero of the Year: Stephen Greenhalgh". ConservativeHome. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2014.

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