About me

The Rt Hon Stephen Timms is currently the Member of Parliament for East Ham and the Shadow Minister for Employment. He is also the Labour Party's Faith Envoy.

Stephen entered Parliament in 1994 as Labour's 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. Since then he has held several ministerial positions including Financial Secretary to the Treasury as well as Minister for Digital Britain. After Ed Milliband's election as leader of the Labour Party, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Employment.

Having grown up in Hampshire and read mathematics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Stephen moved to East Ham in 1979 and married Hui-Leng in 1986. He is a keen cyclist, a member of the Ramblers Association and is Chair of Christians on the Left. 


My casework this month

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Meet my team

When you call my office it will most likely be a member of my team you will speak with at the other end of the line. They are here to assist me in my duties and help you in any way they can. They will often join me at my advice surgeries too. 

Ali Gordon
(Office Manager)

Ian Geary
(Senior Parliamentary Assistant)

Peter James
(Senior Caseworker)

James Pignon
(Caseworker)

Sarah Santhosham
(Parliamentary Assistant)


My expenses

Since the General Election in May 2010, the way in which MPs’ expenses are administered has changed. Under the ‘old’ system MPs used to submit claims directly to the Houses of Parliament which were then paid directly to the supplier. The system was not very transparent and sometimes MPs claimed for items that did not support them in their work representing their communities. I was always confident that I only claimed what was necessary for me to fulfil my responsibilities as a local MP. Last year I put together a page detailing my claims from 2004 – 2010. You can view this page here.

After the expenses scandal in 2009, action needed to be taken to ‘clean up’ politics. The Parliamentary Standards Act (2009) received cross party support and aimed to make a fairer and more transparent system that the public could have real trust in. A new body, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), was formed. IPSA monitors and administers the expenses scheme for MPs, and is responsible for paying their salaries and those of their staff. IPSA is independent of Parliament, Government and political parties. For more information about IPSA, or to read the Expenses Rules in full, please click here.

IPSA plans to publish MPs’ expenses on its website in due course, along with any refused claims that they deem not to be appropriate. Below, and in the relevant links, I will post my claims as at the end of every month, so you can see exactly what I have claimed for:

TOTAL COSTS (2010 - 2011)

Constituency and staffing costs:

  • Office Costs: £8,654.00
  • Travel and subsistence: £2,102.01
  • Staffing: £100,071.93
  • Accomodation: £0.00

TOTAL: £110,827.94 

For a full breakdown of all my claims in 2010 - 2011, please click here.

TOTAL COSTS (2011 - 2012)

Constituency and staffing costs:

  • Office Costs: £15,937.68
  • Travel and subsistence: £309.30
  • Staffing: £115,131.05
  • Accomodation: £0.00

TOTAL: £131,378.03

For a full breakdown of all my claims in 2011 - 2012, please click here.

TOTAL COSTS (2012 - 2013)

Constituency and staffing costs:

  • Office Costs: £15,048.85
  • Travel and subsistence: £1,275.3
  • Staffing: £144,441.51
  • Accomodation: £0.00

TOTAL: £160,765.66

For a full breakdown of all my claims in 2012 - 2013, please click here.