Stephen McPartland

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Stephen McPartland
Stephen McPartland.JPG
Member of Parliament
for Stevenage
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Barbara Follett
Majority 4,955 (10.4%)
Personal details
Born (1976-08-09) 9 August 1976 (age 39)
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Emma McPartland
Religion Roman Catholic

Stephen McPartland (born 9 August 1976)[1] is a British Conservative Party politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stevenage at the 2010 general election.

Early life[edit]

Born in Liverpool on 9 August 1976, McPartland studied for his first degree in History at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 1997. He studied for an MSc in Technology Management at Liverpool John Moores University the following year. McPartland was the Director of Membership for British American Business (the US Chamber of Commerce), based in London.

McPartland commenced his political career in 1999 in Warrington where he managed a range of local council, Parliamentary and European election campaigns, before moving to Hertfordshire in 2001 to work as a Campaign Manager.

Parliamentary career[edit]

McPartland’s political interests include: health care - with a particular focus on cancer treatment and respiratory diseases, education, science and technology including satellite technology, international trade, policing, addiction treatment, urban regeneration, and government procurement of IT projects.[1]

He served on the Science and Technology select committee between 2011 and 2012[1]

He also sat on the 2011 Education Bill Committee and participated in all stages of the Bill’s passage through Parliament[2]

McPartland is on the Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology [3] and is involved with the running of several All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs),[4] including:

  • Chair, Allergy APPG
  • Chair, Child and Youth Crime APPG
  • Chair, Child Health and Vaccine Preventable Diseases APPG
  • Chair, Furniture Industry APPG
  • Chair, Literacy APPG
  • Chair, Respiratory Health APPG
  • Vice Chair, Ticket Abuse APPG
  • Officer, Disability APPG
  • Officer, Internet, Communications & Technology APPG

McPartland campaigned against corporate tax avoidance,[5] including writing to each of the FTSE100 CEOs asking whether they would be willing to support greater tax transparency.[6][7]

McPartland was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Livingston.[8]

McPartland initiated a Parliamentary inquiry into electronic invoicing in the public sector which delivered its findings in June 2014,[9] and is also pushing greater interoperability with launch of an Interoperability Charter in April 2013 to encourage and recognise best practice in delivering the Digital Economy.[10]

As Chair of the Respiratory Health APPG, McPartland led an inquiry into respiratory deaths noting the UK has the worst death rate amongst OECD countries and that the majority of deaths of children from asthma are preventable.[11] He also successfully campaigned to change the law from 1 October 2014 to allow emergency inhalers for asthma attacks to be kept in schools.[12]

Other Activities[edit]

McPartland served as Chairman of The Furniture Ombudsman, a not-for-profit, industry-wide customer disputes resolution body.[13] McPartland was a Trustee of The Living Room Charity, which offers a wide range of free addiction treatment services and is a Patron of the Turn the Tide project. Both are locally based charitable organisations founded in Stevenage. McPartland is also a non-executive director of Furniture Village.[14] and a Patron of Trailblazers, a national charity that reduces re-offending among young people through providing volunteer mentors.[15]

Personal life[edit]

McPartland lives in Stevenage with his wife Emma, who is a teacher at a local primary school.


  1. ^ a b c "MP Biographies". UK Parliament Website. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Committee Membership". Education Bill. Parliament UK. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Post Board". Parliament UK. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Register of All-Party Groups". Parliament UK. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  5. ^ McGurran, Deborah (13 February 2013). "Right and left united over tax avoidance". BBC. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Goodall, Andrew (23 November 2012). "Tory MP asks FTSE 100 companies to back country-by-country reporting". Tax Journal. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  7. ^ Hope, Christopher (24 January 2013). "Thumbs down from FTSE100 businesses to David Cameron's call for more tax disclosure". Telegraph. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dods Politics". 22 July 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Parliamentary Inquiry on e-Invoicing – Findings Released | BASDA". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  10. ^ "BASDA Launch Interoperability Charter at the House of Commons | BASDA". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  11. ^ "MPs warn on respiratory diseases | RCPCH". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  12. ^ Comet, Stevenage. "Schoolchildren and parents can breathe a little easier after Stevenage MP’s asthma campaign ends in victory". Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  13. ^ "The Furniture Ombudsman, The Board of Directors". The Furniture Ombudsman. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "UK Parliament Members Register of Interests 2014-15". 30 March 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Trailblazers website". Retrieved 27 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Barbara Follett
Member of Parliament for Stevenage