About Stephen Robinson

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Stephen is a long-standing and successful Liberal Democrat campaigner. He served as a District and County Councillor for 11 years in the Epping Forest area and then stood in the old West Chelmsford constituency at the 2001 and 2005 General Elections. In the 2010 General Election, he came close to winning the new Chelmsford constituency, increasing the vote by 7% - one of the best Lib Dem results in Britain. He won council elections in Chelmsford in 2011 and 2012.

Council campaign successes

Under Stephen's chairmanship of Epping Forest's Leisure Services committee (1994-8), the council started the project to build a new leisure centre, after years of delay under the Conservatives. While leader of the Lib Dem Group (1993-96), the group went from 3 to 16 councillors and introduced a range of measures to open up the council to local residents.

On Essex County Council (1993-2001) Stephen was deputy group leader 1997-2001 and Libraries spokesman 1996-2001. During his time as Libraries committee chair, he pushed the council to introduce free public internet access and Sunday opening.


Stephen graduated with a Law with Politics degree. Since then, he has worked for a political research group Common Voice, Essex Liberal Democrats, CSV National Volunteer Network and the Royal Institute of British Architects (as Director, RIBA East and then Director, RIBA London).

He currently works freelance as a Public Relations and Fundraising consultant in the not-for-profit sector as well as being a Councillor.

Voluntary activity

Public and community service runs through Stephen's background and his family's.

Stephen followed his father and grandfather into the Scout Movement. He was a member of the voluntary service group Rotaract, serving as Loughton Club President 1995-96 and was a member of Chelmsford Round Table. He is now in Chelmsford 41 Club and a range of other local voluntary groups.


Since he was old enough to hold a map, Stephen has been interested in geography and the world around us. Inevitably, political history is fairly high on the list of required reading but also the local history and geography of mid Essex. As a cyclist locally, Stephen often experiences local geography first hand!

Stephen's early interest in amateur dramatics perhaps led to a later interest in politics.

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