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Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP

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The Rt. Hon Stephen Timms is the Member of Parliament for East Ham. He was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury in October 2008. He has strategic oversight of taxation as a whole, including overall responsibility for the Finance Bill, HM Revenue and Customs, and European and international tax issues. Since June 2007, Stephen has also been the first ever Labour Party Vice Chair for Faith Groups, and is presently working with different faith communities across the country.

Stephen entered Parliament in 1994 as Labour MP for Newham North East through a by-election on 9 June 1994, and was re-elected to the new constituency of East Ham in May 1997. 

Before entering Parliament, Stephen worked in the telecommunications industry for 15 years, first for Logica and then for Ovum. He managed Ovum's telecommunications reports business until his election. He was elected to Newham Council in 1984 and chaired the planning committee from 1987 to 1990 before serving as Leader of the Council from 1990 to 1994.

Stephen was born in 1955 and was educated at Farnborough Grammar School before reading mathematics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has lived in Newham since 1979 and married his wife, Hui-Leng in July 1986.

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Contact details

WRITE: Stephen Timms MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA


PHONE: 020 7219 4000

Stephen also holds regular advice surgeries which you can visit to speak to him about a range of problems.  These are by appointment and you should phone his office on the above number to make arrangements. 

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