Stephen Anthony Christopher Lloyd (born 15 June 1957) is a British
Liberal Democrat politician and current MP for the constituency of Eastbourne in the
Born in Kenya, Lloyd was privately educated in Surrey, before working first as a commodity broker and then in business development roles. He moved to
Eastbourne to launch a political career, becoming the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate and then MP for the town.
First elected in the 2010 general election, he served for all five years of the 2010-15 UK Parliament and supported the
Cameron–Clegg coalition. Having lost his seat in the 2015 general election, Lloyd went on to regain it at the 2017 general election.
Lloyd serves as the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions.
of the headline issues of the day: Climate
Change, Affordable Housing and Marine
Litter? We will be following Mr Lloyd to see what his views are on
these subjects. We expect that Blue
Growth will be in his agenda, where Eastbourne is a coastal town and fishing
is on the decline, but where the town could play a major part in ocean
regeneration and so contribute to the blue
AGENDAS - With Blue
Growth and the Climate
Change Act 2008 firmly in the political map, we wonder how the
Eastbourne MP might face the challenges ahead.
Julienne Stroeve, a climate scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, told Sputnik News about the changes taking place in the Arctic Ocean and what exactly this bodes for us in the foreseeable future.
“The changes are the largest in the summertime, but they are actually happening during all months of the year. I think the key things we really need to understand is, first, the natural climate variability and, second, changes caused by increased human activity. At thea current rate of carbon emissions of about 35 to 40 gigatons a year, we are estimating that the Arctic could become ice-free within the next 20 years,” Dr. Stroeve said.
“What we need to do [to avoid this] is to pressure the governments to move off the path of fossil-based economy to the use of more reusable energy. It is essential to mitigate [the impact of global warming],” she emphasized.
Lloyd has described himself as a “business-wing” liberal, in favour of light-touch regulation except in the case of investment
He is in favour of promoting apprenticeships as a viable career development alternative to university, suggesting the creation of a 'Royal Society of Apprentices' to improve the low perception of apprenticeships.
Writing in a 2013 publication for the Liberal Democrat group Liberal Reform, Lloyd criticised both the left and the right for their attitudes to welfare; accusing the right of "boneheaded vituperation" and the left of "complacency" and of being patronising. He considers the Work Programme workfare scheme and Universal Credit introduced by the coalition government to be the
liberal solution for unemployment. Although he was publicly supportive of welfare reforms, he repeatedly warned Employment Minister Chris Grayling against the use of negative language to describe the unemployed.
Lloyd stood in the 2017 General Election and won, beating the incumbent
Caroline Ansell by 1,609 votes.
In June 2017, then-Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron appointed Lloyd as the party's frontbench spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions. Lloyd was reappointed to this position after
Sir Vince Cable was elected Leader of the Liberal Democrats in October 2017.
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CLARKE - CHARLES
HENDRY - CHRIS
GRAYLING - DAVID
CAMERON - DAVID
MILIBAND - ERIC
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JOHNSON-SMITH - GEORGE
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CLARK - GREGORY
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STRAW - JOHN
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