Stephen Lloyd, Eastbourne & Willingdon MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesman – DWP
Stephen (partner Cherine) was born and brought up in Mombasa, Kenya. He was in business for over 25 years before entering politics, was selected as the Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Eastbourne in 2002. Elected Member of Parliament in 2010, narrowly lost his seat by 1.5% in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. Stephen is known to be a very hard-working, local MP who puts his constituency before party politics. Campaigns over the years have included helping secure £85m private money for the Arndale shopping centre regeneration, being the first MP to launch the 100 apprentices in 100 days initiative, play a leading role in protecting services at the local hospital, bringing the Eastbourne carnival back after a gap of 20 years, and persuading the Morrisons family supermarket chain to recruit a significant percentage of its 350 new staff from people who had been long-term unemployed. Such a successful model the group have continued to do this ever since. Local business and supporting new companies has always played a key role in Stephen’s approach to politics. This remains true today across Eastbourne and Willingdon. Nationally, he now has a front bench position as the Lib Dem spokesman on the DWP and in the past has served as chairman or vice-chairman of a number of key All Party Parliamentary Groups in Westminster including apprenticeships, further education, trading standards, citizens advice bureau etc. The Independent said of Stephen “a political system that can produce elected representatives like this may well be as good as it gets.