About Steve McCabe MP

Steve McCabe has been a Birmingham MP since 1997. He was born and brought up in Port Glasgow. He trained as a social worker and worked with young offenders before moving to Wolverhampton. He’s spent most of his life in Birmingham. He also lectured and was an Adviser for CCETSW before he became an MP.


As a councillor he was responsible for the award-winning South Birmingham Study where local residents won the battle against an unnecessary road building programme.


At Westminster he has continued his interest in social care but also concentrated on his other passion: police; security; and community safety.He was Charles Clarke’s PPS at the Department of Education and at the Home Office and spent several years as a Government Whip where as Lord Commissioner he signed for Northern Rock at the height of the banking crisis.

Since the 2010 election he has served on the Home Affairs Select Committee and Labour’s Parliamentary Committee. From 2013-2015 Steve served as the Shadow Minister for Children and Families.

Following the 2015 election, Steve became a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee which he joined because of his view that we need new models of welfare if we are to preserve the essence of the Welfare State. 


Steve thoroughly enjoys representing constituents as the MP for Birmingham Selly Oak. He tells it like it is and stands up for his constituents. You might not always agree with him but he’ll listen and he’ll be straight.

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