Steve Webb - Your Local Liberal Democrat MP for Northavon


I was born in Birmingham in July 1965 where I lived with my parents and older brother. I attended the local comprehensive school until I was 18 before going on to Hertford College, Oxford to study Philosophy, Politics & Economics. I dropped politics after a year, because I wasn't very good at it!

At the age of 21 I left college and began work in London with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a non-party think-tank. I soon specialised in researching into poverty, taxes and benefits -interests which I have continued to this day.

Whilst working for the IFS I was often called on to offer independent commentary on political issues such as budgets, manifestos etc. and became a specialist adviser to Frank Field's Social Security Committee. During my time at the IFS I also spent some time in the Ukraine on a "technical assistance" mission with the IMF, advising on long-term pension and welfare reform. During my time at the IFS I met Helen, now my wife, who was then a curate at my local church in Clapham. We were married in 1993 and moved to the Bristol area in 1994 when Helen took up a post as a hospital chaplain at Southmead Hospital.

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