This ‘snotty nosed kid from the North end,’ as Steve describes himself in a typically modest tone, is a living example of somebody that has ‘done the lot’ within the Council Chamber. A Party membership spanning more than 40 years, the long-serving Claughton Councillor has a tale to tell.
Steve joined the Labour Party in the late 1970s, combining party activity with full-time jobs at Spillers Foods and Unilever.
Before long, Steve was an active and prominent member of Claughton Branch, his home ward to this day. A ward not traditionally known as a Labour ward, Steve helped to form a core campaigning group that would focus on bringing about a long-awaited Labour victory. Planning, community focus and careful candidate selection resulted in success with the election of George Davies in 1988. As George’s agent, Steve would gain invaluable election experience that would stand him in good stead for his own campaign two years later. Winning the Claughton seat with an impressive 1,267 majority, the hard work had paid off.
With such a sizeable victory, Steve and his Branch campaigning team could have been forgiven for declaring Claughton ‘safe.’ Far from it. To this day, they continue to serve the people of Claughton with the same energy and enthusiasm that saw them elected in the first place. It is a strategy that has paid off, and the residents of Claughton continue to see the benefit.
Since being elected, Steve has continued his full-time employment at Unilever, and remains active with his trade union, Usdaw. He combines this with his role as a Non-Executive Director at Magenta Living. His responsibilities don’t end there – as he is Vice-Chair of the Labour Group and sits on the Liverpool City Region Transport Committee as Lead Member for Finance and Organisation.
Steve’s long and distinguished time as a Councillor has included a decade-long spell as leader of Wirral’s Labour Group and of Wirral Borough Council (2000-2010). Since stepping down, he has remained a vocal and influential member of the group, having held positions as Group Secretary, Chief Whip and Chair. It is his time as the Borough’s Civic Mayor, in 2014, that Steve fondly describes as the ‘high point’ of his time in the Chamber. Voted into the post by Councillors from parties spanning the political divide of the Borough, Steve’s year of hosting civic events and Chairing Council meetings will perhaps best be remembered for the charity work he led on during this time. Substantial funds were raised for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, Wirral Food Bank and Stick ‘n’ Step during Steve’s tenure as the Wirral’s primary ambassador.
When he isn’t being ‘Councillor Steve Foulkes,’ Steve remains an active part of the community on the Wirral. He is a member of Birkenhead Park Rugby Club, a Governor at Bidston Avenue School and a Trustee at Tam O Shanter Farm, where he is takes part in fundraising initiatives to keep the farm sustainable.
You can contact Councillor Steve Foulkes by emailing email@example.com