MPs to Watch

CaSE has drawn up a list of those MPs with an interest or background in science, technology, engineering, maths or medicine (STEM) in the 2015-2020 Parliament. For our definition of what a background or interest in STEMM is see here.

In the new intake of MPs, 90 have a STEMM background or interest. 76 of these are returning MPs and 13 are new to Parliament. This is a decrease compared to the 2010-15 Parliament, when there were 103 MPs with a background or interest in STEMM.

We are currently working with many of these MPs and urging them to engage with science and engineering issues.  If you wish to give us any feedback on the list please get in touch.

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Name (Blue = new MP) Party and constituency Background or interest
Adam Afriyie Conservative Party, Windsor Former Chairman of POST
Heidi Allen Conservative Party, South Cambridgeshire Astrophysics HE
David Amess Conservative Party, Southend West Technology HE
Steven Baker Conservative Party, Wycombe Computer Science HE
Gavin Barwell Conservative Party, Croydon Central Physics HE
Margaret Beckett Labour Party, Derby South Technology HE
Hilary Benn Labour Party, Leeds Central Former head of Policy Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs and former Secretary of State DEFRA
Andrew Bingham Conservative Party, High Peak Worked in the engineering industry
Roberta Blackman-Woods Labour Party, City of Durham Former Science and Technology committee member
Nicola Blackwood Conservative Party, Oxford West and Abingdon Stated interests in science, universities and the environment
Crispin Blunt Conservative Party. Reigate Technology HE
Karen Bradley Conservative Party, Staffordshire Moorlands Maths HE
Tom Brake Liberal Democrats, Carshalton and Wallington Physics HE
Julian Brazier Conservative Party, Canterbury Maths HE
Kevin Brennan Labour Party, Cardiff West Shadow Schools Minister
Andrew Bridgen Conservative Party, Leicestershire North West Genetics HE
Liam Byrne Labour Party, Birmingham Hodge Hill Shadow Science Minister
Jenny Chapman Labour Party, Darlington Former trainee psychologist
Greg Clark Conservative Party, Tunbridge Wells Science Minister
Therese Coffey Conservative Party, Suffolk Coastal Former POST Board member. Chemistry PhD
Stella Creasey Labour Party, Walthamstow Psychology HE
Jim Cunningham Labour Party, Coventry South Stated interests in innovation, skills and industrial relations
Miriam Davies Conservative Party, Eastleigh Environmental Science HE
David Davis Conservative Party, Haltemprice and Howden Molecular/Computer Science HE
Caroline Dinenage Conservative Party, Gosport Former Co-Chair of the APPG for Maths and Numeracy
Jim Dowd Labour Party, Lewisham West and Penge Former Science &Technology Committee member & former engineer
James Duddridge Conservative Party, Rochford and Southend East Worked for the institute of Mathematics and its Applications HQ
Tobias Ellwood Conservative Party, Bournemouth East Technology HE
Charlie Elphicke Conservative Party, Dover Career in Pharmaceutical Research
Bill Esterson Labour Party, Sefton Central Maths and Philosophy HE
Graham Evans Conservative Party, Weaver Vale Worked for STEM companies
Michael Fabricant Conservative Party, Lichfield Member of IET
Rob Flello Labour Party, Stoke-on-Trent South Chemistry HE
Paul Flynn Labour Party, Newport West Former Chemist
Liam Fox Conservative Party, Somerset North Qualified doctor
Vicky Foxcroft Labour Party, Lewisham Deptford Worked for Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union
George Freeman Conservative Party, Norfolk Mid Former-Life Sciences Minister and background in biotech
Zac Goldsmith Conservative Party, Richmond Park Former editor of the Ecologist
Christopher Green Conservative Party, Bolton West Scientific instrumentation engineer
Andrew Griffiths Conservative Party, Burton Worked in his family engineering firm
Ben Gummer Conservative Party, Ipswich Worked for an engineering firm
Andrew Gwynne Labour Party, Denton and Reddish Technology HE
Fabian Hamilton Labour Party, Leeds North East Former engineer
Alan Haselhurst Conservative Party, Saffron Walden Head of Pharmacy Firm
Helen Hayes Labour Party, Dulwich and West Norwood Architect and planner
Mark Hendrick Labour Party Co-op, Preston Computer Science HE
George Howarth Labour Party, Knowsley Trained as an engineer
Nigel Huddleston Conservative Party, Mid Worcestershire Formerly worked for Google
Tristram Hunt Labour Party, Stoke-on-Trent Central Involved in establishing the Science Media Centre
Mark Lancaster Conservative Party, Milton Keynes North Former adviser to Royal Society of Chemistry
Phillip Lee Conservative Party, Bracknell Qualified doctor
Peter Lilley Conservative Party, Hitchin and Harpenden Natural Sciences HE
Craig Mackinley Conservative Party, South Thanet Zoology and Comparative Physiology HE
Angus MacNeil SNP, Na H-eileanan An Iar Engineering HE
Khalid Mahmood Labour Party, Birmingham Perry Barr Engineering HE
Shabana Mahmood Labour Party, Birmingham Ladywood Former Shadow Science Minister
Gordon Marsden Labour Party, Blackpool South Former Science and Technology Committee member
Tania Mathias Conservative Party, Twickenham Qualified doctor
Alasdair McDonnell SDLP, Belfast South Qualified doctor, science interests
Liz McInnes Labour Party, Heywood and Middleton Biochemistry career
Stephen McPartland Conservative Party, Stevenage Former POST Board member
Stephen Metcalfe Conservative Party, Basildon South and Thurrock East Former Science and Technology Committee
Anne Milton Conservative Party, Guildford Qualified nurse
Carol Monaghan SNP, Glasgow North West Physics Teacher
David Morris Conservative Party, Morecambe and Lunsdale Former Science and Technology Committee member
David Mowat Conservative Party, Warrington South Former POST Board member. Engineering background
Ian Murray Labour Party, Edinburgh South Shadow Trade and Investment Minister
Andrew Murrison Conservative Party, Wiltshire South West Qualified doctor
Sarah Newton Conservative Party, Truro and Falmouth Former Science and Technology Committee and former POST Board member.
Chi Onwurah Labour Party, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central Former POST Board member. Engineering HE
Chris Philp Conservative Party, Croydon South Physics HE
Daniel Poulter Conservative Party, Suffolk Central and Ipswich North Qualified doctor
Rachel Reeves Labour Party, Leeds West Involved with NESTA
Jonathan Reynolds Labour Party, Stalybridge and Hyde Former Science and Technology committee member
Antoinette Sandbach Conservative Party, Eddisbury Supported science issues in Welsh Assembly
Alok Sharma Conservative Party, Reading West Physics and Electronics HE
Barry Sheerman Labour Party, Huddersfield Co-Chair, APPG for Maths and Numeracy
Alec Shelbrooke Conservative Party, Elmet and Rothwell Mechanical Engineer career
Royston Smith Conservative Party, Southampton Itchen Engineering career
Graham Stringer Labour Party, Blackley and Broughton Chemistry HE
Maggie Throup Conservative Party, Erewash Biology HE
Stephen Timms Labour Party, East Ham Maths HE
David Tredinnick Conservative Party, Bosworth Former Science and Technology Committee member
Valerie Vaz Labour Party, Walsall South Biochemistry HE
Ben Wallace Conservative Party, Wyre and Preston North Former Director of QinetiQ
Matt Warman Conservative Party, Boston and Skegness Former Technology Editor, Daily Telegraph
Alan Whitehead Labour Party, Southampton Test Former Energy & Climate Change Select Committee member
Philippa Whitford SNP, Central Ayrshire Cancer surgeon
Hywel Williams Plaid Cymru, Arfon Former Science and Technology Committee member
Chris White Conservative, Warwick and Leamington Former Engineer at MG Rover
Sarah Wollaston Conservative Party, Totnes Qualified doctor
Nadhim Zahawi Conservative Party, Stratford-on-Avon Chemical Engineering HE
Daniel Zeichner Labour Party, Cambridge Former IT worker

STEMM background and interest by party

Conservatives have the most MPs with a background or interest in STEMM with 52, this represents 15% of the Conservative intake. Labour are second with 32 MPs, 14% of their intake. Therefore, as a proportion of their total number of MPs, Labour, Conservatives, and the Liberal Democrats, have very similar representation of STEMM in their Parliamentary party.

Party Number of MPs with a STEMM background or interest in 2015-20 Parliament Number of MPs with a STEMM background or interest in 2010-15 Parliament
Conservative Party 52 46
Labour Party 32 44
Liberal Democrats 1 10
Plaid Cymru 1 1
Scottish National Party 3 1
Social Democratic and Labour Party 1 1

This election has also brought a welcome increase in the proportion of women in Parliament up from 23% to 30%. A significant milestone. Looking just at those with a STEMM background, the figure is 25 out of our total of 89 identified MPs, making 28%. This mirrors the rise in women in Parliament generally.

Our definition of a background or interest in STEMM  

STEMM stands for science, technology, engineering, maths, or medicine.

For the purpose of this briefing, MPs with a STEMM higher education degree or who have worked in a STEMM career are considered to have a background in STEMM, and MPs who have stated their interest in STEMM, served on the Science and Technology Committee or Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, or have been Science Minister or Shadow Minister are counted as having an interest in STEMM.

Whilst we have taken as much care as possible when determining MPs backgrounds and interests, we cannot be sure we have identified all MPs that fit our criteria. If you know of any MPs who should be in our lists and are not, please contact us.

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