Stephen Gilbert was elected as Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell & Newquay on May 6th 2010 with a majority of 1,312.
Stephen Gilbert was raised in St Austell and went to Fowey Community School and St Austell College before moving to Aberystwyth to study International Politics in 1995.
Stephen joined the Liberal Democrats in 1992. He became Cornwall's youngest-ever Councillor in 1998 when he was first elected, aged 21, to Restormel Borough Council at a by-election. He held the seat in full elections the next year. He has also worked in Westminster as an MP's researcher and for Cornwall's former MEP.
After the European Parliament elections in 1999, Stephen moved to London to study a Masters' degree in International Politics at the London School of Economics. From 2000 to 2005 Stephen worked in the City advising the fund management (savings, investments, pensions) industry. While in London Stephen served as a Councillor on the London Borough of Haringey from 2002 to the end of 2005.
In 2005, Stephen moved back to Cornwall and worked as a business consultant across the county.
In July 2007 Stephen was selected as the LibDem candidate in the 'new' Parliamentary seat of St Austell & Newquay.
In the 2010 General Election, Stephen was elected as the MP for the seat.
Stephen's policy interests include affordable housing and community cohesion, as well as international affairs, civil liberties and the environment.
St Austell & Newquay
10 South Street St Austell PL25 5BH
Date of Birth
Stephen Gilbert MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA