Stephanie was elected to serve as the Member of Parliament for Barnsley East in the 2017 General Election. She was re-elected in December 2019.
Stephanie is the Parliamentary Chair of Hope not Hate, an anti fascist campaign organisation, Chair of the Industrial Heritage All-Party Parliamentary Group and is the Shadow Minister for Veterans.
She has successfully campaigned to increase the maximum sentences for those convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. She continues to campaign on the issues of Carbon Monoxide awareness, workers rights and food poverty.
Stephanie has led the campaign for justice for retired miners, calling for an end to the Government taking money from miners’ pensions which totals £4.4bn to date. She has held Parliamentary debates, lobbied the Government and successfully secured a Parliamentary Inquiry into the issue, which called for significant reform.
She has completed two of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Schemes with the Army and the Royal Airforce.
Stephanie studied History at Queen Mary University of London, and received a master’s degree from University College London. A qualified teacher, she taught History to secondary school students before working in adult education across Yorkshire. After this, Stephanie spent four years as a Political Officer for the GMB trade union.
An active member of the Labour Party for twenty years, Stephanie served for four years on the party’s Governing body, the National Executive Committee, and for a decade on the party’s policy making body, the National Policy Forum.
Since her election to Parliament, Stephanie has served on the International Trade, Science & Technology, and the Women & Equalities Select Committees. She was a member of the Opposition Whips Office, Shadow Cabinet Office Minister and Shadow Environment Minister. Stephanie is currently a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.
A member of the Women’s Parliamentary Football Team and a keen runner, she completed the London Marathon in 2019.
Stephanie lives in Darfield, Barnsley.