Stephen began his political career as a District Councillor for Epping Forest where he was portfolio holder for Customer Services, ICT & E-government. As a Councillor for five years he campaigned on an array of issues including green belt protection and engaging young people in politics.
In 2005 Stephen stood as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate in Ilford South before standing in South Basildon and East Thurrock in 2010 where he was duly elected as Member of Parliament. At the 2015 General Election, Stephen was re-elected with an increased majority.
Before becoming an MP Stephen worked in his family printing business and has carried his interest in business forward to his work in the House of Commons. His other key interests include education and science and technology. Stephen is married to Angela and they have two children, Tom and Katie. In his limited spare time Stephen enjoys amateur dramatics, watching football and rugby, going to the gym and is actively involved with his local church.