About Steve


Steve Rotheram was first elected to serve the people of Liverpool Walton on May 3rd 2010. He was re-elected on 7th May 2015 with 81.3% of the vote, making the seat the safest in the country.

Born in Knowsley in 1961 to a stalwart Labour family (his father was a forklift driver and former Councillor in Kirkby throughout the 1970s) he's spent all of his adult life living in the constituency he represents.

Steve brings a wealth of life experience to his parliamentary role.  A bricklayer by trade, he'd set up his own company by the age of 22 and later went on to work in various capacities in the construction industry.  Having pursued qualifications through FE College, he studied full-time at Liverpool John Moores University, later to progress onto a Masters Degree course in Contemporary Urban Renaissance at Hope University. During this time he was employed as a Business Manager by the Learning and Skills Council.

After three decades of activism, Steve sought election to public office at the turn of the millennium and became a Liverpool City Councillor in 2002 and was honoured to serve as Lord Mayor of Liverpool during the city's successful European Capital of Culture Year 2008-2009.

In 2010 Steve was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Liverpool Walton constituency with a 58% majority and re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority of 72% - making it the safest seat in the country.

Shortly after becoming an MP Steve was elected to serve on the Communities and Local Government Committee, taking a lead role in Skills and Apprenticeships, as well as Government house building. In October 2011 he became a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which he served for 4 years until October 2015.

Steve spent nearly 4 years as a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee (the Governing body of the Labour Party that oversees the overall direction of the party and the policy-making process) and is a member of a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups.

In 2015 he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP. 

Beyond politics, Steve is an enthusiastic football fan and plays for the All-Party Parliamentary football team. He is a die-hard Liverpool FC fan having held a season ticket for many years.

He is also the only Member of Parliament to have two Premier League football clubs in his constituency (Everton FC and Liverpool FC).

Steve is married to Sandra, a Community Psychiatric Nurse and they have 3 children.