CaSE has drawn up a list of those MPs with an interest or background in science, technology, engineering, maths or medicine (STEMM) following the result of the June 2017 General Election.

From this intake of MPs, 105 have a STEMM background or interest. 93 of these are returning MPs and 12 are new to Parliament. Those who have been newly elected to Parliament are in bold.

This list is sorted by political parties - Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP, DUP, and Plaid Cymru. You can read a further breakdown of the list by party here.

For our definition of what a background or interest in STEMM is see here.

We are currently working with many of these MPs and urging them to engage with science and engineering issues.  If you wish to give us any feedback on the list please get in touch.

Name Political Party, Constituency STEMM
Adam Afriyie Conservative Party, Windsor Former Chairman of POST
Alec Shelbrooke Conservative Party, Elmet and Rothwell Mechanical Engineer career
Alok Sharma Conservative Party, Reading West Physics and Electronics HE
Andrew Bridgen Conservative Party, Leicestershire North West Genetics HE
Andrew Griffiths Conservative Party, Burton Worked in his family engineering firm
Andrew Murrison Conservative Party, Wiltshire South West Qualified doctor
Andrew Stephenson Conservative Party, Pendle Spoke on science funding or skills in previous Parliament
Anne Milton Conservative Party, Guildford Qualified nurse
Antoinette Sandbach Conservative Party, Eddisbury Raised science issues in Welsh Assembly
Ben Wallace Conservative Party, Wyre and Preston North Former Director of QinetiQ
Caroline Dinenage Conservative Party, Gosport Former Co-Chair of the APPG for Maths and Numeracy
Dr Caroline Johnson Conservative Party, Sleaford and North Hykeham Former medical career
Caroline Nokes Conservative Party, Romsey and Southampton North Spoke on science funding or skills in previous Parliament
Charlie Elphicke Conservative Party, Dover Career in Pharmaceutical Research
Chris Philp Conservative Party, Croydon South Physics HE
Christopher Green Conservative Party, Bolton West Scientific instrumentation engineer
Crispin Blunt Conservative Party, Reigate Technology HE
Daniel Poulter Conservative Party, Suffolk Central and Ipswich North Qualified doctor
David Amess Conservative Party, Southend West Technology HE
David Davis Conservative Party, Haltemprice and Howden Molecular/Computer Science HE
David Morris Conservative Party, Morecambe and Lunsdale Former Science and Technology Committee member
David Tredinnick Conservative Party, Bosworth Former Science and Technology Committee member
Derek Thomas Conservative Party, West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Former Science and Technology Committee member
Eddie Hughes Conservative Party, Walsall North Civil engineering HE
George Freeman Conservative Party, Norfolk Mid Former-Life Sciences Minister and background in biotech
Greg Clark Conservative Party, Tunbridge Wells Former Science Minister
Heidi Allen Conservative Party, South Cambridgeshire Astrophysics HE
James Duddridge Conservative Party, Rochford and Southend East Worked for the institute of Mathematics and its Applications HQ
Jo Churchill Conservative Party, Bury St Edmunds Spoke on science funding or skills in previous Parliament
Karen Bradley Conservative Party, Staffordshire Moorlands Maths HE
Kemi Badenoch Conservative Party, Saffron Walden Engineering HE
Kevin Hollinrake Conservative Party, Thirsk and Malton Physics HE
Maggie Throup Conservative Party, Erewash Biology HE
Mark Lancaster Conservative Party, Milton Keynes North Former adviser to Royal Society of Chemistry
Matt Warman Conservative Party, Boston and Skegness Former Technology Editor, Daily Telegraph
Michael Fabricant Conservative Party, Lichfield Member of IET
Miriam Davies Conservative Party, Eastleigh Environmental Science HE
Nadhim Zahawi Conservative Party, Stratford-on-Avon Chemical Engineering HE
Neil O'Brien Conservative Party, Harborough Former adviser on industrial strategy and the Northern Powerhouse
Nigel Evans Conservative Party, Ribble Valley President of the Parliamentary Space Committee
Nigel Huddleston Conservative Party, Mid Worcestershire Formerly worked for Google
Phillip Lee Conservative Party, Bracknell Qualified doctor
Rachel Maclean Conservative Party, Redditch Technology entrepreneur
Royston Smith Conservative Party, Southampton Itchen Engineering career
Sarah Newton Conservative Party, Truro and Falmouth Former Science and Technology Committee and former POST Board member
Sarah Wollaston Conservative Party, Totnes Qualified doctor
Stephen McPartland Conservative Party, Stevenage Former POST Board member
Stephen Metcalfe Conservative Party, Basildon South and Thurrock East Former Chair of the Science and Technology Committee
Steven Baker Conservative Party, Wycombe Computer Science HE
Therese Coffey Conservative Party, Suffolk Coastal Former POST Board member. Chemistry PhD
Thomas Tugendhat Conservative Party, Tonbridge and Malling Former energy management consultant
Tobias Ellwood Conservative Party, Bournemouth East Technology HE
Zac Goldsmith Conservative Party, Richmond Park Former editor of the Ecologist
Alan Whitehead Labour Party, Southampton Test Former Energy & Climate Change Select Committee member
Andrew Gwynne Labour Party, Denton and Reddish Technology HE
Anneleise Dodds Labour Party, Oxford East Former Acting Director of the National Institute for Health Research Patient Safety 
Barry Sheerman Labour Party, Huddersfield Co-Chair, APPG for Maths and Numeracy
Bill Esterson Labour Party, Sefton Central Maths and Philosophy HE
Chi Onwurah Labour Party, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central Former POST Board member. Engineering HE
Daniel Zeichner Labour Party, Cambridge Former IT career
Debbie Abrahams Labour Party, Oldham East and Saddleworth Biochemistry and physiology HE
Eleanor Smith Labour Party, Wolverhampton North West Former nurse
Fabian Hamilton Labour Party, Leeds North East Former engineer
Gareth Snell Labour Party, Stoke-on-Trent Former Science and Technology Committee member
George Howarth Labour Party, Knowsley Trained as an engineer
Gordon Marsden Labour Party, Blackpool South Former Science and Technology Committee member
Helen Hayes Labour Party, Dulwich and West Norwood Architect and planner
Hilary Benn Labour Party, Leeds Central Former head of Policy Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs and former Secretary of State DEFRA
Jenny Chapman Labour Party, Darlington Former trainee psychologist
Jim Cunningham Labour Party, Coventry South Stated interests in innovation, skills and industrial relations
Jim McMahon Labour Party, Oldham West and Royton Former technician
Jonathan Reynolds Labour Party, Stalybridge and Hyde Former Science and Technology Committee member
Karen Lee Labour Party, Lincoln Former nursing career
Kevin Brennan Labour Party, Cardiff West Former Shadow Schools Minister
Khalid Mahmood Labour Party, Birmingham Perry Barr Engineering HE
Liam Byrne Labour Party, Birmingham Hodge Hill Former Shadow Science Minister
Lilian Greenwood Labour Party, Nottingham South Spoke on science funding or skills in previous Parliament
Liz McInnes Labour Party, Heywood and Middleton Biochemistry career
Margaret Beckett Labour Party, Derby South Technology HE
Mark Hendrick Labour Party, Preston Computer Science HE
Paul Flynn Labour Party, Newport West Former Chemist
Dr Paul Williams Labour Party, Stockton South Former GP
Rachael Maskell Labour Party, York Central Spoke on science funding or skills in previous Parliament
Rachel Reeves Labour Party, Leeds West Involved with NESTA
Roberta Blackman-Woods Labour Party, City of Durham Former Science and Technology Committee member
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan Labour Party, Tooting Medical HE and career
Ruth Cadbury Labour Party, Brentford and Isleworth Spoke on science funding or skills in previous Parliament
Shabana Mahmood Labour Party, Birmingham Ladywood Former Shadow Science Minister
Stella Creasey Labour Party, Walthamstow Psychology HE. Former Science & Technology Committee member
Stephen Timms Labour Party, East Ham Maths HE
Tracey Brabin Labour Party, Batley and Spen Medicine HE
Valerie Vaz Labour Party, Walsall South Biochemistry HE
Vicky Foxcroft Labour Party, Lewisham Deptford Worked for Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union
Tom Brake Liberal Democrats, Carshalton and Wallington Physics HE
Layla Moran Liberal Democrats, Oxford West and Abingdon Physics HE and teaching career
Jamie Stone Liberal Democrats, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Geology HE, served on Scottish Cross-Party Group on S&T as an MSP
Angus MacNeil SNP, Na H-eileanan An Iar Engineering HE
Carol Monaghan SNP, Glasgow North West Physics HE and teaching career
Philippa Whitford SNP, Central Ayrshire Cancer surgeon
David Simpson Democratic Unionist Party, Upper Bann Spoke on science funding or skills in previous Parliament
Gregory Campbell Democratic Unionist Party, East Londonderry Spoke on science funding or skills in previous Parliament
Sammy Wilson Democratic Unionist Party, East Antrim Spoke on science funding or skills in previous Parliament
Hywel Williams Plaid Cymru, Arfon Psychology HE. Former Science and Technology Committee member

STEMM background and interest by party

Conservatives have the most MPs with a background or interest in STEMM with 54, this represents 17% of the Conservative intake, an increase from 15% in the previous Parliament. Notable newly elected MPs with a STEMM background or interest include:

  • Dr Caroline Johnson MP (Sleaford and North Hykeham) - Consultant Paediatrician, formerly worked at Peterbrough City Hospital before being elected to Parliament.
  • Rachel Mclean MP (Redditch) - A technology entrepreneur who has built two businesses in Birmingham. She founded Skilled and Ready, to help young people prepare for the world of work.
  • Neil O'Brien MP (Harborough) - Former Director of the think-tank Policy Exchange and policy advisor to the Chancellor on industrial strategy and the 'Northern Powerhouse'.

Labour are second with 41 MPs, 16% of their intake, up from 14% the previous Parliament. Notable newly-elected MPs with a STEMM background or interest include:

  • Anneliese Dodds MP (Oxford East) - Former Acting Director of the National Institute for Health Research Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre at King's College London.
  • Dr Paul Williams (Stockton South) - Practising GP and former Chief Executive of Hartlepool and Stockton Health GP federation.

The Liberal Democrats have seen their number of STEMM-related MPs increase to three. The two newly-elected MPs are:

  • Layla Moran MP (Oxford West and Abingdon) -  Read physics at Imperial College London and went on to teach maths and physics.
  • Jamie Stone MP - History and geology HE before going on to work in the oil industry. Served as a member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999-2011, and was a member of the Cross-Party Group on Science and Technology.

While the DUP increased their overall number of MPs in the 2017 UK election, and the SNP decreased their overall number, both parties still have three MPs with a background or interest in STEMM.

Definition of STEMM background

STEMM stands for science, technology, engineering, maths, or medicine.

For the purpose of this briefing, MPs with a STEMM higher education degree or who have worked in a STEMM career are considered to have a background in STEMM, and MPs who have stated their interest in STEMM, served on the Science and Technology Committee or Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, or have been Science Minister or Shadow Minister are counted as having an interest in STEMM.

Whilst we have taken as much care as possible when determining MPs backgrounds and interests, we cannot be sure we have identified all MPs that fit our criteria. If you know of any MPs who should be in our lists and are not, please contact us.