Stephen Morgan is first ever Labour Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South elected on 8 June 2017. The seat was won from a swing away from the Tories to Labour by 21.5%.
Stephen, who was born and bred in Fratton, has lived in Portsmouth all his life.
After attending local schools, he was the first in his family to go to university, and went on to complete an MA.
A charity chief executive, he has over 18 years of experience working across council and public services including at Portsmouth City Council, and more recently, as Head of Community Engagement at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, overseeing a £3m investment programme in communities.
Previously he has been the chair of governors at Arundel Court Junior School in Charles Dickens ward, a trustee of Age UK Portsmouth and vice-chair of governors at Priory School. He is a longstanding community activist with a wide range of knowledge and understanding of local issues and needs. His interest in culture and regeneration led him to be the chair of the Portsmouth Cultural Consortium for many years.
In May 2016, Stephen was elected a city councillor for Charles Dickens ward on Portsmouth City Council.
The ward covers Portsea, the city centre, Landport and parts of Buckland, Fratton and Somerstown.
His council responsibilities include:
- Leader of Portsmouth Labour Group (since October 2016)
- group spokesperson for the Cabinet portfolios of Housing; Environment and Community Safety; and; Culture, Leisure and Sport
- the city’s first Heritage Champion
- member of the licensing committee and scrutiny management panel
A regular advice centre is held in the ward every third Saturday of the month (except August), 10am-12noon on the ground floor at the John Pounds Centre.
Any Charles Dickens resident is welcome to pop in to this for advice and support from Cllr Morgan.
Other ‘pop up’ advice centres are set up across the ward on demand and home visits are also available by appointment.