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Paul Daniel Williams (born 23 August 1972) is a British Labour Party politician and general practitioner (GP). Since the 2017 general election, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stockton South.[1]

Dr Paul Williams

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Member of Parliament
for Stockton South
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byJames Wharton
Majority888 (1.6%)
Personal details
Paul Daniel Williams

(1972-08-23) August 23, 1972 (age 46)
Canterbury, England, UK
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Newcastle
University of Liverpool


Early life and careerEdit

Paul Williams was born on 23 August 1972 in Canterbury, England.[2] His parents worked as a teacher and a nurse respectively. His early education was at the Neale Wade School in March, Cambridgeshire. He started to support the Labour Party during the UK miners' strike (1984–85) and joined the party when he was studying medicine at the Newcastle University Medical School.[3] Williams also obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the University of Liverpool.[4] After graduating, he specialised in general practice. Prior to entering politics, Williams worked as a GP partner in Stockton and was also the chief executive officer of Hartlepool and Stockton Health GP Federation which oversees 37 practices in Hartlepool and Stockton. Williams also ran a health programme in Uganda for five years involving the implementation of a community health insurance scheme.[3] This involved helping to set up a community hospital near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which provided HIV, malaria and tuberculosis services.[5][6]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Williams was selected to contest the Stockton South constituency by the Labour Party in the 2017 UK general election. He had previously made the shortlist for the 2013 South Shields by-election.[3] Williams went on to be elected as MP with 26,102 votes and a majority of 888 over incumbent Conservative Party MP James Wharton who had held the seat since the 2010 general election.[7] His maiden speech focussed on increasing efforts in preventative care in the NHS.[8] After the election, he was chosen to be part of the Health Select Committee.[9]

Views on the NHSEdit

Williams supports accountable care systems in the NHS led by primary care and public health. He opposes markets within the NHS as he feels that they promote "expensive, complex activity". He supports a move away from the partnership model of general practice to a system provided at-scale by GP-led not-for-profit provider organisations, employing salaried doctors.[8] Williams said, “The law is creating unnecessary privatisation that isn’t working in the interests of patients. This is a ridiculous fragmentation of services, at a time when the rhetoric from government and NHS leaders has all been about integration.”[10]

Personal lifeEdit

His long-time partner is Vicky Holt who works as a nurse.[11] They have two daughters and live in Stockton. In addition to his parliamentary activities, Williams continues to work as a GP in Stockton to maintain his medical licence. He is a trustee of ARC Theatre & Arts Centre, Stockton-on-Tees and a former board member of Catalyst, a local volunteering organisation.[3][8][12][13]


  1. ^ Williams, Paul. Who's Who. 2018 (February 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 14 February 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ "Paul Williams MP". MyParliament. Archived from the original on 16 September 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Robson, Dave (8 May 2017). "GP who enjoys triathlons is in the running for Stockton South seat". Gazette Live. Archived from the original on 25 September 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. ^ Carr, Tim; Dale, Iain; Waller, Robert (7 September 2017). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2017. Biteback Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78590-278-9.
  5. ^ Blackburn, Mike (13 October 2011). "Doctor returns to Teesside after five years saving lives in Uganda". Gazette Live.
  6. ^ Fry, Stephen (1 December 2010). "Stephen Fry: People can make a difference and save lives". The Independent.
  7. ^ "Stockton South". BBC News. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Interview: Salaried GP service working at scale is the future, says GP/MP". GP Online. 26 July 2017. Archived from the original on 3 September 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Dr Paul Williams MP". Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  10. ^ Private health firms squeeze out GP-run extended services The Guardian
  11. ^ Breen, Julia (7 September 2017). "Stockton doctor-MP joins rally over nurses' pay cap". The Northern Echo.
  12. ^ "Team". Tennant Street Medical Practice. Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Register of Members' Financial Interests" (PDF). p. 517. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.

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