Stephen McPartland

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Stephen McPartland

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McPartland in 2017
Chair of the Regulatory Reform Committee
Assumed office
28 November 2017
Preceded byAndrew Bridgen
Member of Parliament
for Stevenage
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byBarbara Follett
Majority8,562 (17.9%)
Personal details
Born (1976-08-09) 9 August 1976 (age 43)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Emma McPartland

Stephen Anthony McPartland[1] (born 9 August 1976)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician and business consultant. He was first 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 read History at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 1997. He studied for an MSc in Technology Management at Liverpool John Moores University in 1998. After graduating in 1999, he worked for the Conservative Party in Warrington, where he managed a range of local council, parliamentary and European election campaigns, before he moved to Hertfordshire in 2001 to work as a Campaign Manager. Prior to being elected as an MP, McPartland was the Director of Membership for British American Business (the US Chamber of Commerce), based in London.[3][4]

Parliamentary career[edit]

McPartland won the parliamentary seat of Stevenage at the 2010 general election, with a swing of 8% after the sitting Labour MP did not re-stand. He was re-elected at the 2015 general election and 2017 general election.

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.[2]

He served on the Science and Technology Select Committee between 2011 and 2012. In 2017 he joined the Finance Select Committee (Commons), was elected Chair of the Regulatory Reform Select Committee and also became a member of the Liaison Select Committee.[2]

He sat on the 2011 Education Bill Committee and participated in all stages of the Bill's passage through Parliament,[5] and was on the Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology since 2015.[6]

Up until his election as a Select Committee Chairman, McPartland was involved with the running of several All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs).[7] He was Chair of the Allergy APPG, Child and Youth Crime APPG, Child Health and Vaccine Preventable Diseases APPG, Furniture Industry APPG and Respiratory Health APPG, and Vice Chair of the Disability APPG. As Chair of the Respiratory Health APPG, McPartland led an inquiry into respiratory deaths and noted that the UK has the worst death rate of OECD countries and that most deaths of children from asthma are preventable.[8] He also successfully campaigned to change the law from 1 October 2014 to allow emergency inhalers for asthma attacks to be kept in schools.[9]

McPartland was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Livingston in 2014–15.[10]

McPartland initiated a parliamentary inquiry into electronic invoicing in the public sector; it delivered its findings in June 2014.[11] He has also called for greater interoperability, with the launch of an Interoperability Charter in April 2013, to encourage and recognise best practice in delivering the Digital Economy.[12]

McPartland campaigned against corporate tax avoidance,[13] including, in 2015, writing to all of the FTSE100 CEOs to ask whether they would be willing to support greater tax transparency.[14][15]

McPartland has worked closely with Sir Oliver Heald to campaign for Finn's Law, to provide emergency service animals with greater protection after Police Dog Finn was stabbed in Stevenage in 2016.[16]

McPartland has been outspoken on welfare issues and has garnered respect for his knowledge of the technical changes involved,[17][18] leading the successful campaigns against changes to Tax Credits,[19] improvements to Universal Credit [20] and protecting the self-employed against changes to Employers National Insurance Contributions.[21] He has been an outspoken critic of his own party in Government at times, with particular focus on the benefits system.[citation needed]

McPartland supported Brexit in the 2016 EU membership referendum.[22]

Work for charities[edit]

From 2014 until 2015, McPartland served as chairman of The Furniture Ombudsman, a not-for-profit, industry-wide customer disputes resolution body.[23] McPartland was a Trustee of The Living Room Charity, which offers a wide range of free addiction treatment services and a Patron of the Turn the Tide project. He was a Patron of Trailblazers, a national charity that reduces re-offending among young people through providing volunteer mentors.[24]

Personal life[edit]

McPartland lives in Stevenage with his wife, Emma, who is a Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo) at a local primary school.[3]


  1. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8742.
  2. ^ a b c "MP Biographies". UK Parliament Website. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b "About Stephen". Personal website. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Stephen McPartland LinkedIn". Linkedin. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Committee Membership". Education Bill. Parliament UK. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Post Board". Parliament UK. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Register of All-Party Groups". Parliament UK. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  8. ^ "MPs warn on respiratory diseases". Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Schoolchildren and parents can breathe a little easier after Stevenage MP's asthma campaign ends in victory". Stevenage Comet. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Dods Politics". 22 July 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Parliamentary Inquiry on e-Invoicing – Findings Released | BASDA". Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  12. ^ "BASDA Launch Interoperability Charter at the House of Commons". Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  13. ^ McGurran, Deborah (13 February 2013). "Right and left united over tax avoidance". BBC. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  14. ^ Goodall, Andrew (23 November 2012). "Tory MP asks FTSE 100 companies to back country-by-country reporting". Tax Journal. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  15. ^ Hope, Christopher (24 January 2013). "Thumbs down from FTSE100 businesses to David Cameron's call for more tax disclosure". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Finn's Law: Ministers agree to meet Hertfordshire MPs campaigning for better protection for service animals". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Rebel Tory MPs prepare to challenge the Government's plans to axe disability benefits". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Conservative MPs rebel over the roll out of universal credit". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Why I'm a Tory rebel on tax credit cuts". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  20. ^ "The Two Major Issues Undermining Universal Credit". Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Hammond: Budget National Insurance rise due to 'new challenges'". BBC. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence? - Coffee House". 16 February 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  23. ^ "The Furniture Ombudsman, The Board of Directors". The Furniture Ombudsman. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Trailblazers website". Retrieved 27 March 2013.

External links[edit]

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