East Ham & the former Minister for E-commerce
Stephen Timmsis the Member of Parliament for East Ham and the Shadow Minister for Employment. He is also the Labour Party Faith Envoy and Chair of Christians on the Left.
He entered Parliament as Labour MP for Newham North East through a by-election on 9th June 1994, and was re-elected to the new constituency of East Ham in May 1997. In the 2010 General Election he secured the biggest majority in the House of Commons. He was a Minister from 1998 until 2010, serving for example as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Minister for Digital Britain and Minister for Pensions. He was in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2006-7. After Ed Milliband’s election as leader of the Labour Party, He was appointed Shadow Minister for Employment.
Having grown up in Hampshire and studied mathematics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he moved to East Ham in 1978 and married Hui-Leng in 1986. Before entering parliament he worked for eight years for the software company Logica, and then for another eight years for a small firm, Ovum, started up by former colleagues at Logica. he is a keen cyclist, and a member of the Ramblers Association.