Stephen Pound was born in Hammersmith at the same time as the National Health Service in July 1948 and was educated at – or at least attended – seven different schools, finally leaving Grammar School at the suggestion of the head teacher when he was sixteen.
After a period serving in the Navy, he worked as a bus conductor for London Transport and then a hospital porter at the Middlesex Hospital until 1979.
After attending two years of evening classes through the Workers Educational Association, his trade union sponsored him to study for a Diploma in TU Studies at the London School of Economics.
Enraptured by the LSE and the absence of the need to clock in at 6am, he applied to study for the full B.Sc. (Econ) degree, and was admitted in 1980. Energised by the rise of the SDP he stood for election as President of the Students’ Union and defeated Danny (now Lord) Finklestein to win the sabbatical position.
Completing his degree with a modest 2.1, he worked with homeless families, and later as a housing officer for Camden Council and then for Hammersmith Council – also in the Housing Department. In 1990 he started work with Paddington Churches’ Housing Association, managing their temporary accommodation in Harrow.
In 1982 he stood for election to Ealing Council and won in Elthorne Ward in the Southall constituency. He was re-elected to the Council in 1986 for Hobbayne Ward in Ealing North. He was Mayor of Ealing for the municipal year 1995/1996 and to widespread surprise, was elected as MP for Ealing North in May 1997.
He was appointed to the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee in 1998 and served on it until 2010 when he was moved to the Whip’s Office. In the same year he was appointed as Shadow Minister of State for Northern Ireland – a position he holds to this day. Steve also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hazel Blears (resigned in order to vote against Foundation Hospitals), then to Hazel Blears again (resigned to vote against Trident renewal), and then to Stephen Timms (resigned to vote against Gurkha visa restrictions).
Apart from Northern Ireland, Steve’s main areas of interest and concern are the NHS, housing, Poland, India, Armenia and Ukraine.
A regular writer in the local and national press, Steve has a monthly column in the Ealing “Gazette” and “Tribune” and presented “London Matters” on LBC for a year. He has also appeared on “Have I got News for You”, “Celebrity University Challenge” and many other programmes. He was nominated as Parliamentarian of the Year by Channel 4 in 2000, and won the “Spectator” award for Speech of the Year in 2008.
He is Vice President of Greenford and District Scouts and the 2nd Northolt Scout Group, Vice President of the Greenford Branch of the Royal British Legion, Patron of Hanwell Town Football Club and of Home Start Ealing. He an active member of the Rotary Club of Greenford and is a Mass reader at his church, Our Lady and St. Joseph, in Hanwell.
A Hanwell resident since 1977, he is married with two children and is a season ticket holder at Fulham FC. Apart from football his hobby is collecting comics.