Stephen Hesford

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Stephen Hesford
Member of Parliament
for Wirral West
In office
2 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by David Hunt
Succeeded by Esther McVey
Personal details
Born (1957-05-27) 27 May 1957 (age 59)
Lowton St Mary's
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Bradford, University of Westminster

Stephen Hesford (born 27 May 1957) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wirral West from 1997 to 2010. Since leaving Parliament he has become a guest lecturer at the University of Chester.

Early life[edit]

Hesford was born in Lowton St Mary's, near Leigh, Lancashire and was educated at the Urmston Grammar School and the University of Bradford where he was awarded a BSc in Social Science in 1978. He went on to study at the Polytechnic of Central London and earned his LLM in 1980. He was called to the bar at Gray's Inn in 1981 and worked as a criminal law barrister in Altrincham, Cheshire until his election to Parliament.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He worked as an assistant to Joan Lestor, Labour MP for Eccles, in 1992 and also contested that year's General Election in South Suffolk where he finished in third place, 18,170 votes behind the sitting Conservative MP and junior environment minister Tim Yeo. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 General Election for Wirral West when he defeated the former Cabinet minister David Hunt by 2,738 votes. He made his maiden speech on 3 July 1997, in which he recalled a constituency predecessor and former Commons Speaker Selwyn Lloyd.[1]

In parliament, Hesford served as a member of the Northern Ireland select committee for two years from 1998, and also spent two years from 1999 as a member of the health select committee. He was the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords Valerie Amos from the 2005 General Election until September 2006, and was PPS to Vera Baird until Sept 2009 when he resigned in protest against Baroness Scotland remaining in government.[2]

On 23 January 2010, Hesford announced that he would not stand at the 2010 general election.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He married Elizabeth Anne Henshall in 1984 in Macclesfield[citation needed] and they have two sons.[4] He is a member of both the Fabian Society and the Lancashire County Cricket Club.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Hunt
Member of Parliament for Wirral West
Succeeded by
Esther McVey