In 1997, Steve Webb became the Liberal Democrat MP for Northavon. Boundary changes in May 2010 created a new constituency of Thornbury and Yate. At the last election, Steve became the first MP for this new area, which includes most of his former Northavon constituency, and is where he lives with his wife and two children.
Steve was appointed Minister of State for Pensions in May 2010, in the new Coalition Government. Prior to that, Steve was the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Work and Pensions (1999 to 2005), Health (2005), Environment, Energy, Food and Rural Affairs (2007), Energy and Climate Change (2008), before returning to Work and Pensions in 2009. Steve also chaired the Liberal Democrat Manifesto Group in 2006.
Before being elected, Steve studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Hertford College, Oxford. Between 1986 and 1995, Steve worked as an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies before being appointed Professor of Social Policy at Bath University.
Aside from his parliamentary duties, Steve is actively involved in the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship and cites his hobbies as information technology, music, and being an armchair supporter of West Bromwich Albion.