Born in 1974, Steve and his wife Susie, a trained Speech and Language Therapist, live just outside the city of Winchester.
They have a daughter Emily (born in November 2007), a son William (born in November 2010) and 'Popcorn' the Labrador. Emily & William were both born at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester. Steve has a sister (Tracey) and two nephews (Oliver and Sam).
Steve was educated at Bohunt Comprehensive School, Highbury College in Portsmouth and the University of Liverpool (Liverpool Hope University College) where he read History and served a sabbatical year as President of the Liverpool Hope Students' Union.
He is a former radio journalist having spent time with the BBC where he was one of the organisations youngest reporters and producers in BBC Local Radio at the age of 18. He spent periods with BBC Radio Surrey and BBC Southern Counties Radio as well as contributing as a freelance reporter to Radio Five Live. Steve also spent a year working in Chicago, USA with the Tribune Media Group's WGN Radio.
He has worked with one of the country's leading consultancy firms specialising in customer care, culture change and people development. Steve worked within the consultancy division developing new business opportunities among public and private sector clients.
Alongside work in business, Steve has spent time working for Conservative Central Office when William Hague was leader of the party and for a shorter second stint during the 2001-2005 Parliament when he worked with Conservative MPs and Parliamentary Candidates across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
During his time as the Prospective MP for Winchester Steve worked with successful golf marketing and publishing business, The Azalea Group. Azalea is a PR and Marketing firm specialising in the golf industry based in Petersfield, Hampshire.
An enthusiastic sports fan, Steve is a great lover of football (ok, he is a Spurs fan), skiing, tennis and has been known to play the occasional game of boules. He is, of course, a keen golfer and plays off a handicap of 17 at Liphook Golf Club in Hampshire where he has been a member for almost 20 years. He is also a great lover of live music and has often spent a happy weekend in the mud at The Glastonbury Festival!
In May 2010, Steve was elected as MP for Winchester with a majority of 3,048. In October 2013, Steve joined the Government as PPS (Parliamentary Private Secretary) to Mike Penning; Minister of State at the Department for Work & Pensions and Minister for Disabled People.
In July 2014, Steve moved to the Home Office and Ministry of Justice with Mike Penning; as Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims.
Steve was re-adopted by the Winchester Conservatives to contest the seat at the General Election held on 7th May 2015 and was re-elected with a majority of almost 17,000.
In May 2015 Steve was appointed by the Prime Minister as PPS to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, one of the most senior roles within Government, and after the change of Prime Minister, in July 2016, Steve became a Minister after being appointed by Theresa May as an Assistant Government Whip.
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