Steven, aged 48. was born in Moss Side, Manchester, and grew up in Burnage. He attended St Bernards Roman Catholic School and went on to win a scholarship to St Bede's Roman Catholic Independent College.
He gained a law degree at Aberystwyth University and began his career at chambers in Inner Temple. Before becoming a Member of the European Parliament, he spent 20 years as criminal law barrister and a general counsel to major financial institutions including Credit Suisse and Barclays Capital.
Steven joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in 2010 making his debut speech at the annual conference in Torquay. Since joining the party, Steven has been a leading frontbench spokesman for UKIP holding portfolios on finance, economic and migration. After a year in the party, Steven was elected to its National Executive Committee in 2011 and was made UKIP’s Financial Affairs spokesman by party leader Nigel Farage. In February 2014, Steven was promoted to the party’s Economic spokesman. In July 2014, after becoming elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England, Steven was given a new portfolio as UKIP’s Migration spokesman as well as retaining the brief of Financial Affairs.
Since 2010, Steven has represented UKIP in multiple elections including the Greater London Assembly election 2012, Police & Crime Commissioner elections for Greater Manchester in 2011, council elections and most recently, Steven stood as the UKIP candidate in Stockport for the 2015 General Election.
Steven wrote UKIP’s 2015 immigration policy and announced it alongside leader Nigel Farage in Central London.
Steven lives in the North West with his family.