Stephen Dorrell

Stephen James Dorrell (born 25 March 1952) is a British Liberal Democrat politician.[1] He served as the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Loughborough between 1979 and 1997 and then for Charnwood from 1997 to 2015.


Stephen Dorrell
Dorrell in 2012
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
In office
11 June 1997  2 June 1998
LeaderWilliam Hague
Preceded byGillian Shephard
Succeeded byDavid Willetts
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In office
2 May 1997  11 June 1997
LeaderJohn Major
Preceded byChris Smith
Succeeded byJohn Maples
Secretary of State for Health
In office
5 July 1995  2 May 1997
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byVirginia Bottomley
Succeeded byFrank Dobson
Secretary of State for National Heritage
In office
20 July 1994  5 July 1995
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byPeter Brooke
Succeeded byVirginia Bottomley
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
In office
11 April 1992  11 July 1994
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byFrancis Maude
Succeeded byGeorge Young
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
20 December 1988  3 May 1990
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded byTony Durant
Succeeded byMichael Fallon
Member of Parliament
for Charnwood
In office
1 May 1997  30 March 2015
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byEdward Argar
Member of Parliament
for Loughborough
In office
3 May 1979  1 May 1997
Preceded byJohn Cronin
Succeeded byAndy Reed
Personal details
Born (1952-03-25) 25 March 1952 (age 69)
Worcester, England
Political partyLiberal Democrats (2019–present)
Other political
affiliations
Conservative (before 2019)
Change UK (2019)
Spouse(s)Penelope Taylor
Alma materBrasenose College, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website

Dorrell most recently served for four years as Chairman of the House of Commons Health Select Committee from 2010 to 2014. In the 1990s he was a full member of John Major's Cabinet for almost three years, whilst serving as both Secretary of State for National Heritage and then Secretary of State for Health until the 1997 general election. He was also a Patron of the Tory Reform Group region at the 2019 European Parliament election. After failing to be elected, he defected to the Liberal Democrats and was the unsuccessful Liberal Democrat candidate for Buckingham in the 2019 general election.