|Member of Parliament
8 June 2017
|Preceded by||Caroline Ansell|
6 May 2010 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||Nigel Waterson|
|Succeeded by||Caroline Ansell|
15 June 1957 |
Mombasa, Kenya Colony
|Political party||Liberal Democrats|
|Domestic partner||Cherine Maskill (2003-present)|
|Alma mater||St. George's College, Weybridge|
|Occupation||Business Development Director|
Born in Kenya, Lloyd was privately educated in Surrey, before working first as a commodity broker and then in business development roles. He moved to Eastbourne to launch a political career, becoming the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate and then MP for the town.
First elected in the 2010 general election, he served for all five years of the 2010-15 UK Parliament and supported the Cameron–Clegg coalition. Having lost his seat in the 2015 general election, Lloyd went on to regain it at the 2017 general election.
Early life and career
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Lloyd worked in business for over 20 years.
From 1998 to 2005, Lloyd worked as a business development director at the Grass Roots Group.
2001 General Election
Lloyd campaigned to be the Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire at the 2001 General Election, standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate. Lloyd was beaten by the Conservative Party candidate.
2005 General Election
In 2002, Lloyd was selected by the Liberal Democrats to be their next candidate for the constitutency of Eastbourne in East Sussex. As a high target seat for the party, selection was competitive and he beat future parliamentary colleagues Duncan Hames and Tessa Munt to the pick. Lloyd spent the next three years becoming engaged in local causes, in preparation for the next general election.
In the 2005 General Election, Lloyd lost to the incumbent Conservative Party MP Nigel Waterson. The Liberal Democrats had increased their share of the local vote, by 1.8% on 2010, but Lloyd still lost by a margin of 2.4%.
Lloyd continued to campaign locally for various causes, including leading opposition to plans to build a new B&Q megastore in Sovereign Harbour, which was subsequently refused by the planning committee of the Liberal Democrat-controlled Eastbourne Borough Council in October 2005.
2010 General Election
In the 2010 General Election, Lloyd's campaign centred on local issues, his record of supporting Eastbourne residents, and the highlighting of the expenses claims of his Conservative Party opponent, Nigel Waterson. He also asked to be lent votes by local supporters of the Labour and Green parties. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg hosted his eve of poll rally, at which former Conservative MP Ernle Money, who had moved to Eastbourne, pledged his support to Lloyd.
Waterson subsequently sued Lloyd for libel over the contents of Lloyd's election leaflets, which had called Waterson an "expenses scandal MP". On 9 December 2011, the High Court ruled that Lloyd had defamed Waterson. Lloyd appealed, and on 28 February 2013 the Court of Appeal found in Lloyd's favour, overturning the original judgment.
2010-2015 Parliamentary roles
From 2010 to 2015, Lloyd served on the Work and Pensions Select Committee in the House of Commons. He was thought by the Labour opposition to be wavering about supporting changes to housing benefit presented to the committee, but declared that he supported the "direction of travel" of the government. He campaigned for concessions from the Department for Work and Pensions in relation to Personal Independence Payment descriptors to ensure that people with reduced mobility would still be entitled to their Motability vehicles.
In 2010, Lloyd lobbied the government to reconsider its reform to student visa regulations, which threatened the future of English language schools, arguing it was "nonsensical" to require overseas students to speak the language before they came to study it.
From 2010 to 2015, Lloyd served as Chair of a number of all-party parliamentary groups including those for Citizens Advice, microfinance, apprenticeships and further education and skills. He also served as Vice Chair of the APPGs on deafness, mental health, dementia, ageing and older people, town centre management, multiple sclerosis, trading standards, pharmacy, and justice for Equitable Life policyholders. Additionally, the Federation of Small Businesses and City and Guilds of London Institute invited him to be their respective champions in parliament.
Lloyd founded the All Party Parliamentary Group on religious education in schools in 2010. He has led campaigns to improve, encourage and support RE teaching of the world's major faiths, and of the non-religious, in schools in England and Wales. The chair of the Religious Education Council praised him in The Times as a "key player" in promoting the importance of effective RE teaching in schools.
From January to December 2014, Lloyd served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey. Lloyd resigned this position in December 2014 over his "profound disappointment" that the Department for Transport's new road investment strategy did not meet the demands of a local campaign to properly improve the A27 road.
From 2010 to 2015, Lloyd rarely rebelled against the Coalition government on any parliamentary matter. Notable exceptions included his vote against tuition fee increases, which he later said the party "should have died in a ditch" to defend their position on. Lloyd has argued that by entering the 2010-15 Coalition government, the Liberal Democrats "saved the country" but "killed themselves".
2015 General Election
In July 2016, Lloyd announced that he would stand again as the Liberal Democrat candidate at the next general election, after all. He attributed his change of mind to a petition created by local supporters two months before, which had asked him to stand again.
2017 General Election
Local causes and campaigns
In 2010, Lloyd created an 'MP's Commission', composed of local business and community leaders in his Eastbourne constituency. Its initiatives included bringing back the Eastbourne 'Sunshine' Carnival; and organising a procurement conference to encourage further economic cooperation between the private sector and major public sector bodies in the town.
In 2011, Lloyd developed a successful local apprenticeship initiative, aiming to recruit 100 apprenticeships in 100 days in Eastbourne. The initiative ultimately created 181 apprenticeships and received praise from David Cameron. In 2014, Lloyd was awarded the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Honouree for this work.
In 2014, The Guardian reported that Lloyd's "toil has yielded high levels of recognition and support, some of it close to admiration." Christina Patterson in The Independent remarked that "a political system that can produce elected representatives like this may well be as good as it gets."
In 2015, Lloyd supported appeals made by the parents of a five-year-old girl who died in his constituency, when the child's grandparents were denied visas to enter Britain to attend her funeral. He offered to personally guarantee their return to Zimbabwe.
- Cole, Moreton (15 March 2015). "Stephen Lloyd: The Lib Dems 'saved the country, but we destroyed ourselves'". Independent. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8741.
- Parliament UK
- "The Class of 2010" (Weber Shandwick/Total Politics guide), Biteback Publishing, 2010, p. 175-6.
-  Youtube broadcast, Experience of Disability in Parliament.
- "Stephen Lloyd MP – MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon". Archived from the original on 8 December 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- ‘LLOYD, Stephen’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
- Stephen Lloyd, Eastbourne Liberal Democrats, 7 May 2010
- Ryan, Siohan (14 October 2005). "Cheers as megastore plan is thrown out". The Argus.
- Asthana, Anushka (14 March 2010). "Lib Dems adapt their message to bridge Britain's class divide". The Observer.
- Swaine, Jon (6 May 2010). "Lend us your votes, Clegg begs waverers in the key marginal seats". The Daily Telegraph.
- Eastbourne result, General Election 2010, BBC Online Network, 7 May 2010
- Lib Dem Lloyd sweeps to victory in Eastbourne, Eastbourne Herald, 7 May 2010
- Gardner, Bill (9 December 2011). "Court rules Lib Dem leaflet was defamatory". The Argus.
- "Eastbourne MP wins appeal over libel case". Eastbourne Herald. 28 February 2013.
- "Waterson v Lloyd MP & Anor  EWCA Civ 136". 28 February 2013.
- Stratton, Allegra (20 December 2010). "Labour courts Lib Dem in benefit vote".
- Getting loud about PIP, Multiple Sclerosis Society, 8 February 2013
- Visa change threatens Sussex language schools, BBC News, 2 August 2010
- Register of All-Party Groups (PDF), Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, 1 February 2013
- Latest APPG News, Religious Education Council of England and Wales
- Letters to the Editor: Faith schools and true freedom of thought, The Times, 25 November 2014
- "Stephen Lloyd appointed PPS to Ed Davey". libdems.org.uk. 9 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014.
- MP quits his top government job in row over A27, Eastbourne Herald, 12 December 2014
- "Stephen Lloyd". Public Whip. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Eastbourne Parliamentary constituency". BBC News. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
- "VIDEO: Retiring Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said "it’s been a real pleasure"". Eastbourne Herald. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- Meet the team, West End
- BREAKING: Former Eastbourne MP makes announcement on his political future, Eastbourne Herald, 15 July 2016
- Petition calls on former Eastbourne MP to stand again, Eastbourne Herald, 26 May 2016
- "Lloyd victorious at Eastbourne election". www.eastbourneherald.co.uk.
- Carnival fever marks Sunshine Carnival, Eastbourne Herald, 6 June 2012
- Business event hailed a success, Eastbourne Herald, 21 January 2011
- Prime Minister heaps praise on Eastbourne, Eastbourne Herald, 4 November 2011
- "Grassroot Diplomat Who's Who". Grassroot Diplomat. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- Partners Celebrate £4 Million Funding, Eastbourne Homes, February 2011
- Good news for shops development in town, Eastbourne Herald, 25 May 2012
- Behr, Rafael (30 July 2014). "The Lib Dems could survive in government by going back to their roots". The Guardian.
- Patterson, Christina (10 December 2011). "Can British politicians win back our respect?". The Independent.
- Andrea Gada’s parents write to PM after funeral visa plea is rejected, The Guardian, 20 January 2015
- Fight goes on for relatives funeral visas, Eastbourne Herald, 20 January 2015
- Lloyd's Website
- Eastbourne and Willingdon Liberal Democrats
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Stephen Lloyd MP, Grassroot Diplomat
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