Stephen Twigg (born 25 December 1966) is a British Labour Co-op politician who was Member of Parliament (MP) for Liverpool West Derby from 2010 to 2019. He previously served as the Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate from 1997 to 2005.
|Chair of the International Development Select Committee|
19 June 2015 – 6 November 2019
|Preceded by||Sir Malcolm Bruce|
|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 – 6 November 2019
|Preceded by||Bob Wareing|
|Succeeded by||Ian Byrne|
|Member of Parliament|
for Enfield Southgate
1 May 1997 – 11 April 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|
|Born||25 December 1966|
Enfield, London, England
|Political party||Labour Co-op|
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
|Website||Stephen Twigg MP|
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 when longtime MP Bob Wareing retired.
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 was elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Islington at a 1992 by-election, representing the Sussex ward until 1997, when he stood down following his election to parliament. During his tenure on the council, he became Chief Whip, and briefly Deputy Leader. Twigg's ward colleagues were both fellow future Labour MPs: Margaret Hodge and Meg Hillier. He also 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. It was also unusual to have an openly gay British MP at that time.
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. He was proved correct in 2017, with the election of Bambos Charalambous, the Labour candidate, on 8 June that year.
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 (2010–2019)
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.
On 7 October 2011, he was appointed to the post of Shadow Secretary of State for Education, following the Shadow Cabinet reshuffle.
On 19 June 2015, he was announced as having been elected to the chairmanship of the International Development Select Committee. He supported Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.
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- "The new shadow cabinet - The full list". London: Guardian News and Media Limited. 7 October 2011. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
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- "Freedom of speech". Inside Housing. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
- "Stephen Twigg MP, Liverpool, West Derby - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou.
- Twigg, Stephen. "No School Left Behind - speech by Stephen Twigg". Labour. The Labour Party. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- "Minister Twigg beaten by Tories". BBC News. 6 May 2005. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
- "Ex-minister fined for being drunk". BBC News. 14 December 2005. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2007.
- "Whatever happened to the man who beat Portillo?". The Independent. 4 May 2010. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.
- "Deselected Wareing to quit Labour". BBC News. 17 September 2007. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
- "Shadow Cabinet Eloection Results". Political Scrapbook.
- "Next Left". 10 October 2010. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.
- "Byrne And Twigg Lose Out In Labour Reshuffle". Sky News. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009.
- "About Stephen". Archived from the original on 17 August 2013.
- "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
- Smith, Mikey; Bloom, Dan (20 July 2016). "Which MPs are nominating Owen Smith in the Labour leadership contest?". Mirror. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
- "Merseyside Labour MP Stephen Twigg to stand down". ITV News.
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- Stephen Twigg MP official constituency website
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- 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 Enfield Southgate
| Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby
| 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