Stephen Dorrell MP

Stephen Dorrell MP (Conservative) for Charnwood, Chair of the Health Select Committee


Office: Charnwood Conservative Office, 768 Melton Road, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8BD Tel: 0116 260 8609 E-mail: Email:


Stephen was personal assistant to Peter Walker MP at Worcester in the February 1974 General Election. He contested Hull East in the October 1974 General Election. He was elected as the first Conservative Member of Parliament for Loughborough since 1945 in the General Election in May 1979.Between May 1979 and June 1983 he was the youngest Member of the House of Commons. From June 1983 to June 1987, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Energy, the Rt Hon Peter Walker MP. In June 1987, he was appointed an Assistant Government Whip and became a Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (a senior Government Whip) in December 1988. From May 1990 to April 1992, he was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. In April 1992, he was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Stephen Dorrell was Secretary of State for National Heritage from July 1994 until July 1995 and Secretary of State for Health from July 1995 - March 1997. In the 1997 General Election, he won the new seat of Charnwood with a majority of 5,900, and subsequently served as Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment. In June 1998, he left the Shadow Cabinet to return to the backbenches.From 2006-07 he was Co-Chair of the Public Service Improvement Group, established by David Cameron to review policy in education, health, social care and housing.


Stephen Dorrell was educated at Uppingham School and Brasenose College, Oxford.

Digital Economy Bill

I(Sampattuzzi) have contacted this MP and the general response was:

  • Change needs to be made to the law for this are of the economy.
  • There is a need to tackle digital piracy however "it is vital that any anti-piracy measures promote new business models rather than holding innovation back. This must not be about propping up existing business models but creating an environment that allows new ones to develop".
  • Opposes clause 17 and 29
  • There has been substantial debate in the house of lords on certain issues. Particularly citing "measures to allow website blocking in certain carefully proscribed circumstances" and he believes "they should be debated in the House of Commons before we agree to them." (In response to concerns of not enough debate)
  • He felt that "People will not be disconnected from the internet without due process" and that it would "only be a small minority of people who consistently infringe copyright who are disconnected".
  • Finally he said that "they may be able to reconnect using another ISP immediately and without penalty".


Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell Constituency Website