Experienced campaigner and election winner
Campaigning against the ID database
Stephen is a Chelmsford City Councillor for Patching Hall ward (since May 2011) and Lib Dem Group Leader there, and also Essex County Councillor for North Chelmsford since June 2012.
Stephen organised the Greener Chelmsford campaign and led the "No to ID" campaign in the town centre. He has taken part in the Make Trade Fair campaign in the town centre; cycled into town as part of the race for "In Town Without My Car" day, and has been a longstanding campaigner against Chelmsford Post Office closures, raising them at national level too.
He also helped the Chelmsford team that defeated the Conservatives' "One Way Racetrack" proposals. The No Racetrack lobby was the first Chelmsford campaign to be run online as well as on the streets.
Proven election winner
Stephen has won 18 county and local elections as candidate or agent.
He has experience of campaigning in general elections, parliamentary by-elections and many local elections and by-elections in Chelmsford, Epping Forest, the rest of Essex and around the country.
As 2005 parliamentary candidate for West Chelmsford, Stephen won back second place for the Lib Dems (achieving one of the few Conservative to Lib Dem swings) and in 2010 improved on that, with a further 7% increase in the vote for the Lib Dems.