Steve has lived in the Meon valley for 40 years, moving from Wickham to bishops Waltham for an expanding family. He worked for Southampton social services as a psychiatric social worker for 30years that ended when disabled by a stroke, so he has personal experience of disability as well as from his professional work as a social worker. He has four children, all of whom were educated in local schools. He was a governor and chairperson of the governors of the Bishops Waltham junior school. As a Labour party member upholding party principles of fairness and the provision of properly financed local services, if elected he would resist cuts in local services, and would work to ensure vulnerable people are not excluded because of access or financial circumstances.