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.
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|
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.
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.