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Stephen Morgan (British politician)

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Stephen James Morgan (born 17 January 1981)[2] is a British Labour Party politician[3] who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Portsmouth South since the 2017 general election.[4] In July 2019 he joined the opposition frontbench as Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities). The brief includes policy areas such as adult social care, children's services, faith and community cohesion, welfare reform and debt services to community pubs. He has been a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and served on the Public Accounts Committee (2017-2019).

Stephen Morgan

Official portrait of Stephen Morgan MP.jpg
Shadow Minister for Communities
and Local Government
Assumed office
17 July 2019
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Shadow Sec.Andrew Gwynne
Member of Parliament
for Portsmouth South
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded byFlick Drummond
Majority1,554 (3.5%)
Member of Portsmouth City Council for the Charles Dickens Ward
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Preceded byMargaret Foster
Personal details
Stephen James Morgan[1]

(1981-01-17) 17 January 1981 (age 38)
Fratton, Portsmouth, UK
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
Goldsmiths, University of London
WebsiteOfficial website


Early lifeEdit

Morgan is from Fratton, a district of Portsmouth; where he attended Priory School and Portsmouth College in the city.[5] He then went on to study politics and sociology at the University of Bristol before gaining a master's degree in politics at Goldsmiths in London.[6]

After graduating he worked at various departments at Portsmouth City Council, before becoming Head of Community Engagement for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.[7] In 2015 he became CEO of Basingstoke Voluntary Action.[8][9] This role allowed him to run for public office and in May 2016 he became the councillor for a central ward in Portsmouth City Council. Later that year he became the Leader of the Portsmouth Labour Group.[10]

Parliamentary careerEdit

On 8 June 2017, a snap general election which was called by British Prime Minister Theresa May was held, where he defeated the incumbent Conservative MP Flick Drummond for the Portsmouth South seat by a majority of 1,554 and a swing of 9.4% to Labour[11] increasing the share of the vote by 21.5%, one of the largest increases in the country.[12] This makes him the first member of his party to represent the seat since its creation in 1918. In his victory speech Morgan said, "Portsmouth had voted for hope".[13]

In Parliament, Morgan has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Andrew Gwynne, the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and on the Public Accounts Committee. In July 2019, he joined the Shadow Communities and Local Government team as a Shadow Minister.


  1. ^ "No. 61961". The London Gazette. 19 June 2017. p. 11784.
  2. ^ "Stephen Morgan MP". MyParliament. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Portsmouth Labour Party". Portsmouth Labour Party. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Stephen Morgan MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ Morgan, Stephen. 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)
  6. ^ "Labour's new Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan: 'I will champion the people of this city'". Portsmouth News. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  7. ^ "About Stephen Morgan". Stephen Morgan. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Basingstoke Voluntary Action". Companies House. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Stephen Morgan Starts as New Chief Executive at BVA" (PDF). Hampshire CVS Network. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  10. ^ "City Council Elections 2016 - Thursday, 5th May, 2016". Portsmouth City Council. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Labour gain Portsmouth South seat from Conservatives". BBC News. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Portsmouth South parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  13. ^ "New Labour MP for Portsmouth South says city 'voted for hope'". Portsmouth News. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Flick Drummond
Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South