2005 United Kingdom general election
The 2005 United Kingdom general election was held on Thursday 5 May 2005, to elect 646 members to the House of Commons. The Labour Party led by Tony Blair won its third consecutive victory, with Blair becoming the only Labour leader beside Harold Wilson to form three majority governments. However, its majority now stood at 66 seats compared to the 160-seat majority it had held; as of 2019, it remains the last general election victory for the Labour Party. The Labour campaign emphasised a strong economy. Despite this, Labour retained its leads over the Conservatives in opinion polls on economic competence and leadership, Conservative leaders Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard struggled to capitalise on Blair's unpopularity, with the party trailing Labour in the polls throughout the 2001-5 Parliament; the Conservatives campaigned on policies, such as immigration limits, improving poorly-managed hospitals and reducing high crime rates, all under the slogan "Are you thinking what we're thinking?".
The Liberal Democrats, led by Charles Kennedy, were opposed to the Iraq War, given that there had been no second UN resolution, collected votes from disenchanted Labour voters. Tony Blair was returned as Prime Minister, with Labour having 355 MPs, but with a popular vote of 35.2%. In terms of votes, it was only narrowly ahead of the Conservatives, but still had a comfortable lead in terms of seats; the Conservatives returned 198 MPs, with 32 more seats than they had won at the previous general election, won the popular vote in England, while still ending up with 91 fewer MPs in England than Labour. The Liberal Democrats saw their popular vote increase by 3.7% and won the most seats of any third party since 1923, with 62 MPs. Anti-war activist and former Labour MP George Galloway was elected as the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow under the Respect – The Unity Coalition banner. In Northern Ireland, the Ulster Unionist Party, the more moderate of the main unionist parties, which had dominated Northern Irish politics since the 1920s, was reduced from six MPs to one, with party leader David Trimble himself being unseated.
The more hardline Democratic Unionist Party became the largest Northern Irish party, with nine MPs elected. Following the election, Conservative leader Michael Howard resigned and was succeeded by future Prime Minister David Cameron. Blair resigned as both Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party in June 2007, was replaced by then-Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown; the election results were broadcast live on the BBC, presented by Peter Snow, David Dimbleby, Jeremy Paxman and Andrew Marr. The governing Labour Party, led by Tony Blair, was looking to secure a third consecutive term in office and to retain a large majority; the Conservative Party was seeking to regain seats lost to both Labour and the Liberal Democrats since the 1992 general election, move from being the Official Opposition into government. The Liberal Democrats hoped to make gains from both main parties, but the Conservative Party, with a "decapitation" strategy targeting members of the Shadow Cabinet; the Lib Dems had wished to become the governing party, or to make enough gains to become the Official Opposition.
In Northern Ireland the Democratic Unionist Party sought to make further gains from the Ulster Unionist Party in unionist politics, Sinn Féin hoped to overtake the Social Democratic and Labour Party in nationalist politics.. The pro-independence Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru stood candidates in every constituency in Scotland and Wales respectively. Many seats were contested by other parties, including several parties without incumbents in the House of Commons. Parties that were not represented at Westminster, but had seats in the devolved assemblies and/or the European Parliament, included the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, the UK Independence Party, the Green Party of England and Wales, the Scottish Green Party, the Scottish Socialist Party; the Health Concern party stood again. A full list of parties which declared their intention to run can be found on the list of parties contesting the 2005 general election. All parties campaigned using such tools as party manifestos, party political broadcasts and touring the country in what are referred to as battle buses.
Local elections in parts of England and in Northern Ireland were held on the same day. The polls were open for fifteen hours, from 07:00 to 22:00 BST; the election came just over three weeks after the dissolution of Parliament on 11 April by Queen Elizabeth II, at the request of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Following the death of Pope John Paul II on 2 April, it was announced that the calling of the election would be delayed until 5 April. Thanks to eight years of sustained economic growth Labour could point to a strong economy, with greater investment in public services such as education and health; this was overshadowed, however, by the issue of the controversial 2003 invasion of Iraq, which met widespread public criticism at the time, would dog Blair throughout the campaign. The Chancellor, G
First Minister of Wales
The First Minister of Wales is the leader of the Welsh Government, Wales' devolved administration. The First Minister is responsible for the exercise of functions by the Cabinet of the Welsh Government; the official office of the First Minister is in Tŷ Hywel known as Crickhowell House, the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. An office is kept at the Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff; when set up under the Government of Wales Act 1998, Section 53, the post was known as Assembly First Secretary, as Wales was given a less powerful assembly and executive than either Northern Ireland or Scotland. The choice of title was attributed to the fact that the Welsh term for First Minister, Prif Weinidog, may be translated as Prime Minister, so a different title was chosen to avoid confusion with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; the change of title occurred after the Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government with Labour in the Welsh Assembly in October 2000. The Government of Wales Act 2006 allowed for the post to be known as the First Minister and made the First Minister Keeper of the Welsh Seal.
Candidates for the position of First Minister are nominated by the members of the National Assembly for Wales. The members elect the nominee for the First Minister by majority vote. If no one is elected by a majority of votes cast with the first set of nominations, the process continues until a majority decide to cast their vote for one candidate; this process does not require an absolute majority of the National Assembly Once this process has occurred the Presiding Officer shall formally send a letter to the Current Monarch who must appoint that nominee to the position of First Minister. Under the arrangements in the Government of Wales Act 1998, executive functions are conferred on the National Assembly for Wales and separately delegated to the First Minister and to other Cabinet Ministers and staff as appropriate; until the Government of Wales Act 2006, these were delegated powers of the UK government. Since that Act came into force in May 2007, the First Minister is appointed by the monarch and represents the Crown in Wales.
Whilst this has little practical difference, it was a huge symbolic shift as for the first time the head of government in Wales is appointed by the Crown on the advice of the elected representatives of the Welsh people. The First Minister appoints the Welsh Ministers, Deputy Welsh Ministers and the Counsel General for Wales, with the approval of Her Majesty. Following separation between the legislative and the executive on the enactment of the Government of Wales Act 2006, the Welsh Ministers exercise functions in their own right. Any further transfers of executive functions from the UK Government will be made directly to the Welsh Ministers by an Order in Council approved by Parliament; the First Minister is accountable and responsible for: Exercise of functions by the Cabinet of the Welsh Government. Policy development and coordination of policy; the relationships with the rest of the United Kingdom and Wales Abroad. Staffing/Civil Service List of current heads of government in the United Kingdom and dependencies Deputy First Minister for Wales Welsh Government Dates are from World Statesmen and various BBC News Online articles from 1999 to 2003.
Roles and Responsibilities. Welsh Government: Cabinet and ministers
Thangam Rachel Debbonaire is a British Labour Party politician. She became Member of Parliament for Bristol West at the 2015 general election, when she defeated the incumbent Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams. Shortly after winning Bristol West, Debbonaire was diagnosed with breast cancer, did not attend a parliamentary vote from June 2015 until March 2016. In January 2016, she started to plan a phased return to Westminster from February, was appointed as shadow minister for Culture and Sport until resigning on 27 June 2016 because of her lack of confidence in the Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, she rejoined his front bench team as a whip in October that year. Debbonaire was born in Peterborough on 3 August 1966 to a father of Indian and Sri Lankan Tamil family origin and an English mother, she was educated at two independent schools, Bradford Girls' Grammar School and Chetham's School of Music. She took the first stage of a mathematics degree at the University of Oxford while at the same time training as a cellist at the Royal College of Music.
Subsequently, she gained an MSc in Management and Social Responsibility at the University of Bristol. Before becoming an MP, she performed professionally as a classical cellist, including for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, she has worked as National Children's Officer for the Women's Aid Federation of England, for which she moved to St Werburghs in Bristol in 1991, as an Accreditation Officer, Fundraising Manager National Research Manager for Respect, an anti-domestic violence organisation. She has co-authored two books, a number of papers, about domestic violence, she was a trustee of the University of Bristol Students' Union. At the 2015 general election, Debbonaire was elected as the Labour Party MP for the constituency of Bristol West, she was selected as a labour candidate by a All-women shortlist. With a majority of 5,673 votes, she defeated incumbent Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams, who finished in third place after the Green Party; the seat had been held by the Conservatives until 1997.
Williams had gained the seat for the Liberal Democrats at the 2005 general election. Debbonaire made her maiden speech in the House of Commons on 2 June 2015. Debbonaire's maiden speech urged Parliament to become more representative, end poverty, tackle climate change and reduce inequality. Debbonaire was diagnosed with breast cancer on 16 June 2015, six weeks after being elected, she subsequently called on Parliament to allow for MPs to vote remotely after she was unable to participate in votes during her recovery. During her treatment period she was appointed as Shadow Culture Minister by Jeremy Corbyn. According to Debbonaire, she found out about the role when a journalist contacted her in hospital in response to a Labour press release announcing that she was taking it on, was briefly removed from the position before she got a chance to meet with Corbyn. According to Debbonaire's colleague Chi Onwurah, whose frontbench portfolio was split with hers, Corbyn's communication with both women, directly or indirectly, was non-existent.
Debbonaire resigned as Shadow Culture Minister on 27 June 2016 following a series of other resignations, saying that she did not believe Corbyn was the right person to lead the Labour Party into the next election. She opposed Corbyn's call for Article 50 to be triggered on the day following the referendum on the European Union. Debbonaire's resignation attracted criticism in her Constituency Labour Party, with local members accusing her of being a liar, "traitor" and "scab". Debbonaire endorsed Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour leadership election. After Corbyn defeated Smith, on 12 October 2016, Debbonaire accepted an appointment as a shadow whip in Corbyn's front bench team. Debbonaire was reelected in the 2017 general election with an increased majority of 37,336 votes. Bristol West had been the number one target for the Green Party, which slipped to third place behind the Conservatives with a 12.9% vote share. Debbonaire had resisted calls from the Green Party for her to stand aside as part of a progressive alliance.
The size of Debbonaire's majority was considered a shock, as the seat had been billed as a four-way marginal. Debbonaire's campaign called on greater support for refugees and asylum seekers, more investment in renewable energy, greater access to the arts, an end to homelessness in Bristol and more support for young people, she called on Theresa May, to resign in the wake of the election. On 15 September 2017, Debbonaire held what is thought to be the UK's first constituency surgery for people on the autism spectrum. Ten days she urged pro-Corbyn local constituency members that had not forgiven her for her resignation to stop working against her and threatening her deselection, which she claimed was "a catastrophic waste of time". On 26 March 2018, Debbonaire was one of about 40 MPs to attend a demonstration in Parliament Square against antisemitism in the Labour Party, her attendance attracted controversy, with her local CLP filing two motions criticising her attendance and one counter-motion supporting it.
The film director Ken Loach called for Labour MPs that attended the demonstration to be "kicked out" from the party. Her actions were defended by Corbyn. In a meeting of her CLP on 4 April 2018, a motion critical of her decision to attend was defeated by 108 votes to 84.
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He was Leader of the Opposition from 1994 to 1997; as of 2017, Blair is the last British Labour Party leader to have won a general election. From 1983 to 2007, Blair was the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, he was elected Labour Party leader in July 1994, following the sudden death of his predecessor, John Smith. Under Blair's leadership, the party used the phrase "New Labour", to distance it from previous Labour policies and the traditional conception of socialism. Blair declared support for a new conception that he referred to as "social-ism", involving politics that recognised individuals as interdependent, advocated social justice, the equal worth of each citizen, equal opportunity referred to as the Third Way. Critics of Blair denounced him for bringing the Labour Party towards the perceived centre ground of British politics, abandoning'genuine' socialism and being too amenable to capitalism.
Supporters, including the party's public opinion pollster Philip Gould, stated that the Labour Party had to demonstrate that it had made a decisive break from its left-wing past, in order to win an election again. In May 1997, the Labour Party won a landslide the largest in its history. Blair, at 43 years of age, became the youngest Prime Minister since 1812. In September 1997, Blair attained early personal popularity, receiving a 93% public approval rating, after his public response to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; the Labour Party went on to win two more general elections under his leadership: in 2001, in which it won another landslide victory, in 2005, with a reduced majority. During his first term as Prime Minister, his government oversaw a large increase in public spending and introduced the National Minimum Wage Act, Human Rights Act, Freedom of Information Act, his government held referendums in which the Scottish and Welsh electorates voted in favour of devolved administration.
In Northern Ireland, Blair was involved in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement. Blair supported the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration, ensured that the British Armed Forces participated in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan and, more controversially, the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Blair has faced criticism for his role in the invasion of Iraq, including calls for having him tried for war crimes and waging a war of aggression. Blair was succeeded as Leader of the Labour Party and as Prime Minister by Gordon Brown in June 2007. On the day that Blair resigned as Prime Minister, he was appointed the official Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East, an office which he held until May 2015, he runs the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. Anthony Charles Lynton Blair was born at Queen Mary Maternity Home in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 6 May 1953, he was the second son of Hazel Blair. Leo Blair was the illegitimate son of two entertainers and was adopted as a baby by Glasgow shipyard worker James Blair and his wife, Mary.
Hazel Corscadden was the daughter of George Corscadden, a butcher and Orangeman who moved to Glasgow in 1916. In 1923, he returned to County Donegal. In Ballyshannon, Corscadden's wife, Sarah Margaret, gave birth above the family's grocery shop to Blair's mother, Hazel. Blair has an older brother, Sir William Blair, a High Court judge, a younger sister, Sarah. Blair's first home was with his family at Paisley Terrace in the Willowbrae area of Edinburgh. During this period, his father worked as a junior tax inspector whilst studying for a law degree from the University of Edinburgh. Blair's first relocation was. At the end of 1954, Blair's parents and their two sons moved from Paisley Terrace to Adelaide, South Australia, his father lectured in law at the University of Adelaide. It was when in Australia; the Blairs lived in the suburb of Dulwich close to the university. The family returned to the United Kingdom in the summer of 1958, they lived for a time with Hazel's mother and stepfather at their home in Stepps on the outskirts of north-east Glasgow.
Blair's father accepted a job as a lecturer at Durham University, thus moved the family to Durham, England. Aged five, this marked the beginning of a long association. With his parents basing their family in Durham, Blair attended Chorister School from 1961 to 1966. Aged thirteen, he was sent to spend his school term time boarding at Fettes College in Edinburgh from 1966 to 1971. Blair is reported to have hated his time at Fettes, his teachers were unimpressed with him. Blair modelled himself on Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones. During his time there he met Charlie Falconer, whom he appointed Lord Chancellor. Leaving Fettes College at the age of eighteen, Blair next spent a year in London attempting to find fame as a rock music promoter. In 1972, at the age of nineteen, he enrolled for university at St John's College, reading Jurisprudence for three years; as a student, he played guitar and sang in a rock band called Ugly Rumours, performed some stand-up comedy, including parodying James T.
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University of South Wales
The University of South Wales is a public university in Wales, with campuses in Cardiff, Newport and Dubai. It was formed on 11 April 2013 from the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport; the university is the second largest university in Wales in terms of its student numbers, offers around 200 courses. The university has four main faculties across its campuses in South Wales; the university can trace its roots to the founding of the Newport Mechanics' Institute in 1841. The Newport Mechanics' Institute become the University of Wales, Newport. In 1913 the South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines was formed; the school of mines was to become the Polytechnic of Wales, before gaining the status of University of Glamorgan in 1992. The name for the new merged university was chosen following a research exercise amongst interested parties and announced in December 2012 by the prospective vice-chancellor of the university, Julie Lydon. 1841 Opening of Mechanics Institute, Newport 1913 Opening of South Wales and Monmouthshire School of Mines, Treforest 2013 Merger between the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport 2014 Rowan Williams appointed Chancellor 2015 London Campus closes 2016 Caerleon Campus closes At formation it was reported that the university had more than 33,500 students from 122 countries and was the sixth largest in the United Kingdom and the largest in Wales.
Following the decline in student numbers reported by the HESA over the years since the formation of the university, for the academic year 2016/17 the University ranking was 31st largest in the UK and the 2nd largest in Wales when measured by the numbers of students enrolled. Source:- The Higher Education Statistics Agency The university is part of the University of South Wales Group comprising the university, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Merthyr Tydfil College; the university has a band of 106 partner colleges, universities, FE institutions or organisations, who deliver University of South Wales's higher education programmes or access courses in the UK and 18 other countries. The university has four faculties spread over its campuses in South East Wales. Faculty of Business and Society School of Law and Finance School of Humanities and Social Sciences South Wales Business SchoolFaculty of Computing and Science School of Computing and Mathematics School of Engineering School of Applied SciencesFaculty of Creative Industries School of Drama and Music School of Art and Design Film and TV School WalesFaculty of Life Sciences and Education School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies School of Education, Early Years and Social Work School of Health, Sport & Professional Practice School of Care SciencesThe university has a film school, animation facilities, broadcasting studios, a photography school, a reputation for theatre design, poets and authors as well as the national music and drama conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as a wholly owned subsidiary.
It offers a range of qualifications from further education to degrees to PhD study. As a Post 92 University it delivers a range of STEM subjects; the university has three main campuses located across South Wales: The Faculty of Creative Industries is based at the Cardiff Campus, along with a smaller number of courses from the Faculty of Business and Society. The Atrium Building is the main building at the campus opened by the University of Glamorgan in 2007 the building was extended at a cost of £14.7 million to replace the Caerleon campus. The building re-opened during September 2016; the campus includes the Atlantic House building. The new campus in Dubai opened in September 2018 at Dubai South located near Al-Maktoum International Airport; the courses offered. In 2018 the University was criticised by human rights campaigners when it awarded honorary doctorates to two senior figures in the UAE government, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, at the campus' opening ceremony.
The university's newest campus is the £40 million campus on the west bank of the River Usk in Newport city centre. The'City Campus' was built for the University of Wales and was opened in 2011 by Sir Terry Matthews. Built to house a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the Newport Business School, Newport Film School and the universities art and design department, it now hosts courses from the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, including teaching, social work and youth work as well as some courses in business together with the National Cyber Security Academy; this was the main campus of the University of Glamorgan. The university's largest campus, with a range of facilities, including an indoor sports centre and students' union; the campus is located in three parts:- 1) Treforest – Which hosts a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses notable in engineering and related subjects. 2) Glyntaff – Where nursing and sport courses are based. 3) Tyn y Wern – The location of the University of South Wales' sport park.
Caerleon is located on the northern outskirts of Newport. The second largest campus, it hosted a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including education, history, fashion design and photography; the campus had extensive sports facilities, students' union shop and a students' union bar. It was the main campus of the University of Wales, Newport. In 2014, it was announced by the University of South Wales that the Caerleon campus would close in 2016; the university cited the need to invest around £20 million to improve and upgrad
Joan Marie Ryan is a British politician who has served as the Member of Parliament for Enfield North from 1997 to 2010 and since 2015. Ryan studied sociology and worked as a teacher, before becoming a Labour councillor on Barnet London Borough Council in 1990, serving as deputy leader of the council from 1994 to 1998, she was a government whip under Tony Blair from 2002 to 2006, a junior Home Office minister responsible for ID cards from 2006 to 2007, the Prime Minister's Special Representative to Cyprus from 2007 to 2008, when she was sacked. She lost her seat in the 2010 general election after an expenses scandal and was deputy campaign director of NOtoAV in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum. Ryan was re-elected in Enfield North in the 2015 general election, she was chair of the Labour Friends of Israel and has been critical of Jeremy Corbyn. In 2018, she lost a motion of no confidence by her constituency party. Ryan left Labour to join The Independent Group in 2019. Ryan was born in Lancashire.
She attended local schools before studying history and sociology at the City of Liverpool College of Higher Education. She graduated in 1979 and went on to study for a master's degree in sociology at Polytechnic of the South Bank, graduating in 1981, she taught sociology and politics in Hammersmith at William Morris Academy. And worked as an interviewer for the Imperial War Museum in the 1980s. Ryan was elected as a councillor for the East Finchley ward on Barnet London Borough Council, representing the Labour Party, in 1990, she became chair of the policy and resources committee in 1994, before becoming deputy leader of the council that year. She served on the council and as deputy leader until 1998. Ryan was elected as the Labour Member of Parliament for Enfield North in the 1997 general election. In her first years as an MP, she was known as an advocate for Greek Cypriots in her constituency and in the Commons, as an opponent of Ken Livingstone during the creation of the Greater London Authority.
She sat on the board of the London Labour Party and defended a vetting panel for mayoral candidates, accused of bias. In response to Livingtone's campaign to get on the ballot, Ryan said "It is not acceptable. I think, he should wait his turn."She was appointed as parliamentary private secretary to Andrew Smith in 1998, as an assistant whip in 2002. A parliamentary question from Ryan in January 2000, on the topic of businesses breaking the UN sanctions on Angola, led Foreign Office minister Peter Hain to name three businessmen who he claimed had been breaking the sanctions. In January 2001, Ryan voted in favour of a ban on hunting, she was appointed as a junior minister at the Home Office in Tony Blair's May 2006 reshuffle. In July, a report authored by Ryan was leaked to The Mail on Sunday. In 2006–7 she was the minister responsible for the government's controversial ID card scheme. In April 2007, she launched a campaign to promote the achievements and financial struggles of'supplementary schools', based on the concerns of Enfield Turkish School in her constituency, she sent a dossier to Andrew Adonis to that effect.
In June 2007, she became vice-chair of the Labour Party. She was removed as a Home Office minister and appointed as the Prime Minister's Special Representative to Cyprus. In September 2008, she was revealed by Siobhain McDonagh to have requested leadership nomination papers ahead of the party's annual conference. Ryan said that it was time for the party's "leadership" to be debated openly. Gordon Brown subsequently sacked her from her Labour Party roles. In 2009, Ryan led delegations of MPs on two international trips, one to Canberra and Melbourne in Australia, the other to Cameroon. A man was acquitted of harassing Ryan in March 2010 on the grounds of insanity. Ryan, who lived on the same street as the man, had stayed away from her house with her family since January, following two incidents that had left her "terrified". In October 2007, the Evening Standard reported that Ryan had claimed £173,691 in expenses in the 2006/2007 tax year, the highest of any MP in London, she had been the second-highest claimant in the previous tax year.
In May 2007, Ryan had voted in favour of David Maclean's Freedom of Information Bill, which would have kept details of parliamentary expenses secret. During the parliamentary expenses scandal, The Daily Telegraph revealed in May 2009 that Ryan had spent £4,500 of expenses on a second home in Enfield before "flipping" it with her main home, a flat in south London. Between 2004 and 2008, she had designated her house in Enfield, in her constituency, as a second home, she designated her main home during that period as a south London flat she bought in 2004. She had spent £1,045 on repairs and refurbishment to the second home in 2007/2008, £3,624 on it during 2008/2009; the work was covered by the Additional Costs Allowance. In response to the report, Ryan said that she had not made any claims for refurbishment on her south London flat and therefore had not "flipped" the properties to maximise the benefit of the allowances, she told the Telegraph that when she was in government, the rules required her to designate her flat as her main home because it was closest to Parliament.
After leaving government, she decided to change it to the Enfield house as she had "returned to spending more time" there. In Thomas Legg's February 2010 audit report of expenses claims, Ryan was asked to repay £5,121.74 for mortgage interest claims. By the time of publicati
Stephen James McCabe is a British Labour Party politician, the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hall Green from 1997 to 2010, when he was elected for Birmingham Selly Oak. Born in the shipbuilding town of Port Glasgow on the River Clyde, McCabe attended the town's local secondary school before studying at the Moray House College in Edinburgh, where he was awarded a Diploma in Social Studies in 1977 and qualified as a social worker, he worked as a social worker in Wolverhampton for six years from 1977, from 1978–1982 he served as a shop steward with the National and Local Government Officers Association. In 1983, he was appointed manager of the Priory in Thatcham, providing alternatives to care and custody for young people, for Berkshire Social Services, he left the Priory in 1985 and returned to education, taking an MA in Social Work at the University of Bradford in 1986. Following his degree, he worked as a social services lecturer at the North East Worcestershire College in Redditch. In 1989, he became a child care worker in Solihull until 1991 when was appointed as an education adviser to the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work.
He remained in this position until his election to the House of Commons. He was elected as a councillor to Birmingham City Council in 1990 and served until 1998, during which time he served as the chair of the city's technical services committee. McCabe was elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Hall Green at the 1997 General Election when he unseated the Conservative member Andrew Hargreaves by 8,420 votes in the Labour landslide, he served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Charles Clarke in his capacity as Secretary of State for Education and Skills and as Home Secretary. He joined the government Whips Office in 2006 as an Assistant, from 2007 was a Lord Commissioner to the Treasury, he served on various select committees, including Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee and Home Affairs Select Committee. In October 2006, he applied for selection to the redrawn Birmingham Selly Oak seat, which incorporated much of his existing seat. Following the announcement by Lynne Jones, the sitting member for Selly Oak, in January 2007 that she would stand down at the next election, he became the favourite to be selected for the newly drawn constituency, was duly selected by the local Labour party.
He decided not to apply for the redrawn Hall Green seat on the grounds that its boundaries were different from the existing seat of the same name. He was re-elected, at the May 2010 general election. In 2012, McCabe underwent open heart surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for a heart murmur. From 2013 to 2015, he served as a Shadow Minister for Education as part of Ed Miliband's front bench team. McCabe called in 2013 for a referendum on remaining in the EU to be held "as soon as possible", admitting he found himself "at odds with his party" on the issue. McCabe joined 18 other Labour MPs in backing a referendum on Europe in a House of Commons vote called by rebel Conservative MPs. In the 2009 expenses scandal it was revealed that McCabe had over-claimed on his mortgage by £4,059. A three-month investigation by the parliamentary fees office resulted in McCabe calling for Commons officials to be sacked, he admitted: "I did make an error in my claim and, as the letter from the fees office shows, this money was repaid in a deduction from my next claim".
Between 2004 and 2008, McCabe claimed £54,699 in expenses for his second home, on which he has a £60,000 mortgage. The claims included £5,500 for a new kitchen. On 1 August 2017, McCabe was left with injuries to his face after an individual on a motorcycle in Kings Heath, Birmingham threw a brick at him, leaving him with swelling and bruises to his face. Subsequently, he has given a statement to the police. Steve McCabe website Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present Contributions in Parliament during 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 at Hansard Archives Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005 Voting record at Public Whip Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou Appearances on C-SPAN