Stephen O'Brien

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Stephen O'Brien was the Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Eddisbury from 1999 to 2015.

O'Brien announced he would stand in the 2015 general election after announcing he would succeed Baroness Amos as the UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.[1] He was replaced by Antoinette Sandbach, who held the seat.[2]


O'Brien has won elections, winning 44.8 percent of the vote in 1999, and achieving over 45 percent since.[3]

Since being elected to parliament, he has held positions of Opposition Whip (2001-2002), Shadow Paymaster General (2002-2003), Shadow Financial Secretary (2002-2002), Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (2003-2005), Shadow Minister (Education) (2005-2005), Shadow Minister (Health) (2005-2010) and Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Development) (2010-12).[4]


Between 2004 and 2009 O'Brien received £195,000.00 in donations from hedge fund manager and Conservative peer, Stanley Fink in six separate donations.[5]


  1. BBC News Conservative MP Stephen O'Brien gets top UN role, 9 March 2015, accessed 21 May 2015.
  2. BBC News Eddisbury, accessed 21 May 2015.
  3. Eddisbury Guardian, accessed 20 February 2015
  4. Parliament.UK, Stephen O'Brien, accessed 20 February 2015
  5. Electoral Commission, Donation search, accessed 20 February 2015