“It is a privilege to serve the people of Stockton North. Like you, I live here, and want the best for my area. My pledge to you is simple – I will represent everyone to the best of my ability, raise the profile of our area, work in partnership with local organisations to get the best for the communities of Stockton North, and be your voice in Parliament.”
Alex Cunningham has been the Member of Parliament for Stockton North since 2010. He is currently Shadow Minister for Courts and Legal Services, having served in other front bench roles throughout his Parliamentary career.
Since his first election, Alex has led on campaigns such as funding for the NHS, banning smoking in cars with children present, and promoting Carbon Capture and Storage and energy intensive industries on Teesside. Major recent campaigns include securing funding for NHS dental services and spearheading a successful campaign to get major accessibility improvements at Billingham Station. In Parliament Alex is Chair of APPGs on CCUS and the Chemical Industry, Vice Chair of the APPG on Smoking and Health, and a member of APPGs on Carbon Monoxide and Carers.
Outside of politics, Alex started his career as a journalist at the Darlington and Stockton Times before working for the Hartlepool Mail, Radio Tees (now TFM) and Evening Gazette. He then moved into communications for British Gas and later, Transco, where he became Head of Communications. Before his election to Parliament, Alex served as a Cleveland County, then Stockton-on-Tees Borough, Councillor for 18 years and was Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, covering education and children’s social care. Education – both formal and informal – is his passion, and he sees it as a tool to develop both people and communities into the future.
Alex has been married to Evaline for 42 years, has two sons – Andrew and John, and a grandson, James.