Stephen Williams grew up in the South Wales village of Abercynon in the Cynon Valley. He has lived in Bristol ever since he came to study history at the University of Bristol, where he was also the President of the SDP/Liberal society.
He has served on Avon County and Bristol City Councils, elected as Councillor for Cabot ward in 1993 aged 26. He was leader of the Bristol Liberal Democrat group from 1995 to 1997.
He won Bristol West in 2005, taking the seat from Labour with 38.3% of the vote, in what was described as one of the biggest swings to the Liberal Democrats of the 2005 General Election. This made him the first Liberal MP ever for that constituency and the first to be elected in the city of Bristol since 1935. He was one of the few MPs to be free from any allegations during the 2009 expenses scandal.
In his long career some of Stephen's proudest achievements include:
- The Station youth project, which received £5million from the Department for Education to help transform an Old Fire Station site on Bridewell Island in the centre of Bristol in to a world class youth hub.
- He ensured tax breaks were to be given to TV animation productions, which ensured Bristol-based Wallace and Gromit creators, Aardman Animations, could stay in Bristol.
- He has also been a vital voice in securing major funding for Airbus, school places and the Green Capital Bid for the city.