|Shadow Secretary of State for Education|
7 October 2011 – 7 October 2013
|Preceded by||Andy Burnham|
|Succeeded by||Tristram Hunt|
|Minister of State for Schools|
16 December 2004 – 5 May 2005
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||David Miliband|
|Succeeded by||Jacqui Smith|
|Deputy Leader of the House of Commons|
11 June 2001 – 29 May 2002
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Paddy Tipping|
|Succeeded by||Ben Bradshaw|
|Member of Parliament
for Liverpool West Derby
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Bob Wareing|
|Member of Parliament
for Enfield Southgate
1 May 1997 – 5 May 2005
|Preceded by||Michael Portillo|
|Succeeded by||David Burrowes|
|Islington Borough Councillor
for Sussex Ward
9 July 1992 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Christopher King|
|Succeeded by||Graham Baker|
|44th President of the National Union of Students|
|Preceded by||Maeve Sherlock|
|Succeeded by||Lorna Fitzsimons|
25 December 1966 |
Enfield, London, England
|Political party||Labour Co-operative|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
|Website||Stephen Twigg MP|
Stephen Twigg (born 25 December 1966) is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician who has been the Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool West Derby since 2010. He previously served as the Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate from 1997 to 2005, when he lost his seat. He came to national prominence in 1997 by winning the seat of Defence Secretary Michael Portillo. Twigg was made the Minister of State for School Standards in 2004, a job he held until he lost his seat in 2005. He returned to parliament in 2010, after he was elected Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby. Following Ed Miliband's election to the Labour leadership, he made Twigg a Shadow Foreign Office Minister. In his October 2011 reshuffle, Miliband promoted Twigg to the post of Shadow Secretary of State for Education. However, on 7 October 2013 he was replaced in the reshuffle.
On leaving the NUS he became a councillor in the London Borough of Islington, and was also Chief Whip, and briefly Deputy Leader. He worked for the UK section of Amnesty International and then for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
MP for Enfield Southgate: 1997-2005
In the 1997 election he was elected to Parliament for Enfield Southgate, the constituency in which he had been born and raised, with a majority of 1,433. There had been a large 17.4% swing to him from his Conservative opponent, Michael Portillo. Portillo, a cabinet minister, had been widely tipped to be the next Tory leader, and the loss of his seat was one of the most unexpected results of the election. A book about the election by Brian Cathcart was titled Were You Still Up for Portillo? In the Royal Festival Hall in London, the scene of the Labour party celebrations that evening, the result elicited a massive cheer, as Portillo was widely loathed among Labour supporters. Twigg was forced to give up his role as general secretary of the Fabian Society following this unexpected victory in what had been regarded as a safe Conservative seat. Twigg was the first openly gay British MP at the time of his election to the House of Commons at the 1997 general election: it was a close contest for this record, as just 21 minutes later Ben Bradshaw, also openly gay, was elected for Exeter.
In the 2001 election Twigg held the seat with an increased majority of 5,546 over Conservative John Flack. Following the 2001 election, Twigg was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the House of Commons, Robin Cook, and in 2002 became a junior minister in the Department for Education and Skills, from where he led the London Challenge initiative. In 2004, in the government changes following the resignation of David Blunkett, he was promoted to Minister of State for school standards.
In the 2005 election, Twigg lost his seat to the Conservative Party candidate, David Burrowes, by a margin of 1,747 votes (a swing of 8.7%). During his concession speech, Twigg claimed that he would not be the last Labour MP for Enfield Southgate.
Non-parliamentary career: 2005-2010
On 12 December 2005, Twigg was arrested in central London for being drunk and incapable in a public place and taken to Marylebone police station. He paid a £50 fixed penalty notice. Twigg commented "I had had a lot to drink and I think it [the police action] was sensible. I have no complaints whatsoever. I take full responsibility for my actions."
Twigg became chairman of Progress, an independent organisation for Labour party members, and director of the Foreign Policy Centre, a think tank which develops long-term multilateral approaches to global problems. Twigg is the campaigns director of the Aegis Trust, in their educational and campaigning work against genocide. He is also a patron of the Workers Educational Association. He is a trustee of the Liverpool-based domestic violence charity Chrysalis.
MP for Liverpool West Derby: 2010-present
Twigg was selected as the Labour Co-operative candidate for the Liverpool West Derby constituency at the 2010 general election. He was elected with a majority of 18,467, garnering 64.1% of the vote.
In October 2010 he unsuccessfully contested the election for the Shadow Cabinet, coming in 36th out of the 49 candidates and winning 55 votes. He was subsequently appointed to the Labour front bench as a shadow minister in the Foreign Affairs team.
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- "Freedom of speech". Inside Housing. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
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- "Ex-minister fined for being drunk". BBC News. 14 December 2005. Archived from the original on 23 March 2006. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
- "Whatever happened to the man who beat Portillo?". The Independent. 4 May 2010. Archived from the original on 5 May 2010.
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- "Shadow Cabinet Eloection Results". Political Scrapbook.
- "Next Left". 10 October 2010. Archived from the original on 17 October 2010.
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- About Stephen
- "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- Stephen Twigg MP official constituency website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Column archive at The Guardian
- Foreign Policy Centre
- Stephen Twigg at The Knitting Circle
- Television coverage of Twigg's defeat of Portillo in the 1997 general election
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby
|Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate
|Shadow Secretary of State for Education
2011 – 2013
|Minister of State for Schools
|President of the
National Union of Students
|Party political offices|
|General Secretary of the Fabian Society
1996 – 1997
|Chair of the Fabian Society
2003 – 2004