The Rt Hon Sir Stephen Timms is the incumbent Labour MP for East Ham, a seat he has held since 1994. Throughout his 28 years in Parliament, Stephen has seen 6 Prime Ministers come and go and is currently on his 7th. He has held numerous ministerial roles including Chief Secretary to the Treasury and sat in the Cabinet under Tony Blair. He then held various Shadow Government roles including as acting Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (under Harriet Harman) before returning to the backbenches in 2015 (under Jeremy Corbyn). Since 2020, Stephen has been the chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, a position he still holds.
We sat down with Stephen to chat about his time in politics and all that he has learnt across his significant career. We hear about his journey to faith, the crucial role his university CU played in convincing him to get involved in politics, how he has kept going as a believer throughout his time, and the importance of Christianity to the future of British politics.
Grab a cup of coffee and sit down to listen to what is a thoroughly encouraging conversation filled with hope and a strong dose of encouragement that, yes, Christians really can make a difference.