Chris Stephens (politician)
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Christopher Charles Stephens (born 20 March 1973) is a Scottish trade unionist and Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who is the current MP for the Glasgow South West constituency, elected at the 2015 general election.
|Member of Parliament|
for Glasgow South West
|Assumed office |
8 May 2015
|Preceded by||Ian Davidson|
Christopher Charles Stephens
20 March 1973
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
Trade union activismEdit
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Stephens was employed by Glasgow City Council. He was a senior UNISON activist in the city. He has represented numerous workers over the last decade, and has campaigned on issues such as equal pay, disability discrimination, and pensions.
He first stood for the UK Parliament at the 2001 General Election, contesting the Hamilton North and Bellshill constituency. He contested the Glasgow Pollok constituency at the 2007 and 2011 Scottish Parliament elections. In 2011 he came within 623 votes of taking the seat from Johann Lamont.
Stephens was 6th on the list of SNP candidates for the six Scottish seats in the 2014 European Parliament election, although as only the first two SNP candidates were elected, Stephens was not elected.
Stephens is a vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on South Africa and Chair of the Public and Commercial Services Union Parliamentary Group. Until April 2018, Stephens employed his wife as his Parliamentary Assistant.
In March 2018 it was reported that Stephens had attempted to make two members of staff in his constituency office redundant, subsequently suspending them from employment, generating criticism from members of his own party.
- Birth certificate of Christopher Charles Stephens, 20 March 1973, Glasgow District 2326/89 8797 – National Records of Scotland
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- "The Scottish seats with the narrowest majorities". www.scotsman.com. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
- Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Register Of All-Party Parliamentary Groups as at 12 October 2016: South Africa". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- 8, pixl. "Document Summary - PCS". www.pcs.org.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- Commons, House of. "House of Commons - The Register of Members' Financial Interests (16 July 2018: Stephens, Chris )". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- Ottewell, David (18 October 2016). "I second that motion: SNP MPs falling over themselves to register support for worthy causes". dailyrecord. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
- "MP campaigning for workers' rights is in bitter dispute with his own staff". The National. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
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| Member of Parliament
for Glasgow South West