Rt Hon Stephen Crabb

Prospective MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire
Stephen was born in 1973 and grew up in Portfield Avenue, Haverfordwest. He attended Fenton Juniors and Tasker Milward School before studying at Bristol University where he graduated with a 1st in Politics.

Stephen spent time following graduation working for a number of companies in Pembrokeshire before getting a job as a Research Assistant for a senior Conservative Member of Parliament. Stephen later went on to work as Parliamentary Affairs Officer for the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services.

Between 1998 and 2002, Stephen worked as Policy and Campaigns Manager for London Chamber of Commerce before undertaking an MBA at London Business School. Immediately before the 2005 General Election Stephen worked for a number of companies in his role as a self employed business consultant based out of his home in Pembrokeshire. Clients included BAA and an East London Caribbean Food company. Stephen lives a few miles east of Haverfordwest with his wife Beatrice, son Ioan and daughter Isobelle.

Stephen's main passion outside politics is rugby. He played as a student at county and University level and continues to play for both the London Business School team and the House of Commons team. In 2002 Stephen took part in the London Marathon raising £1500 for the Kidney Patients Association. He also supports and sponsors Pembrokeshire's premier football team Haverfordwest County.

Stephen Crabb's Experience

In 2000, Stephen was selected as Conservative Candidate for the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency to contest the 2001 General Election. After a strong campaign he succeeded in reducing the Labour majority from 8,736 to 2,946 a swing of 6.3%, the largest in Wales.

He was selected again in 2003 to fight the seat for the 2005 General Election and on the morning of May 6th Stephen was elected with a majority of 607 making him the youngest Conservative MP currently at Westminster.

Since the election, Stephen has taken a full and active role in Parliament, with voting records in the top 10% of all MPs. He is a member of the Welsh Affairs Select committee, sits on the Parliamentary Youth Affairs and British Dental Association Groups. He shares his office with David Jones MP, David Davies MP and Daniel Kawczynski MP at Westminster.

In January 2009, Stephen became an Opposition Whip. He was appointed a Government Whip in May 2010. Stephen was appointed Secretary of State for Wales in July 2014 and in March 2016 became Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.