Earlier today Stephen joined MPs from across all parties in supporting global anti-corruption campaign, Exposed. Stephen, along with 8 other MPs including Labour's Shadow DFID Minister Gavin Shuker, held a giant trillion dollar note to make a visual statement in support of the campaign in the Houses of Parliament.
The global Exposed campaign calls for integrity in all areas of public life and seeks to shed light on the widespread corruption by public figures, which "steals $1 trillion from the global economy every year". The campaign is calling for action at the key gathering of G20 world leaders in Australia in November.
The Exposed campaign states that "it is estimated £3000 a second is lost to corruption in Africa alone, and as much as $21 trillion in kept in tax havens by the world's super wealthy". The campaign has collected over 73,000 signatures so far from across the world calling on G20 leaders to take collective action to improve good governance around the globe.
Speaking after the campaign event, Stephen said: "The UK has often paved the way in tackling corruption. We should be proud of that record but we must not rest in pursuing this agenda on the global stage. It is simply unacceptable that widespread corruption continues to the detriment of some of the world's poorest people. The G20 in Australia represents an opportunity that we must seize to ensure momentum gathers against such corrupt practices."