Stephen is the MP for Wimbledon.
He was born and educated in Southampton, attending King Edward VI School and afterwards London University. After graduating in Economics, he began a career in finance at a leading fund management house and subsequently worked for major investment banks. He was appointed a Director of the Equities division of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in 1994 and four years later joined Commerzbank Securities. In 2000 he was promoted to Director, Pan European Research, with responsibility for seventy professionals based in London and across Europe.
He was elected as Member of Parliament in May 2005. In December 2005 Stephen was promoted to the position of Shadow Minister for Transport, a position he held for the whole of the Parliament.
During this time has played an instrumental role in formulating flagship policies such as the Conservative Party’s “Rail Review” and its strategy for a new high speed rail network for the UK. He spearheaded the Opposition’s response to, amongst others, the Concessionary Bus Fares Act, the Crossrail Act and the Local Transport Act. Stephen built up a reputation for forging strong relationships within the transport industry and for engaging with user groups and passengers.