COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson

Councillor Stephen McCabe is the COSLA Spokesperson for Children and Young People.

Born in Port Glasgow in 1964, Stephen was educated at St. Stephen’s High School. He is a Graduate of the University of Strathclyde – BA (Hons) in Economics.

Stephen has spent most of his working career in the social rented housing sector as a Finance Manager.

Stephen was first elected to Inverclyde District Council in 1992, when he represented Ward 4 in Port Glasgow. He was Private Sector Housing Convener from 1992 until 1996.

Stephen did not stand for election to the new unitary Council in 1995. He was elected to Inverclyde Council in 1999, representing Ward 6 in East Greenock. He served as Vice-Convener of Education Services Committee and Vice-Convener of Corporate Business Committee, before being elected to the post of Convener of the Social Work & Housing Committee in May 2000, a position that he held until May 2003.

Following Labour’s election defeat in 2003 Stephen was elected Leader of the Labour Group and Convener of the Council’s Audit Committee. He held these positions until May 2007, when he was elected as a Member for the Inverclyde East multi-member ward and as Leader of the Council.

In February 2011 he stood down from his position as Leader of the Council and was re-elected to the position in August 2011. Following the 2012 and 2017 local government elections, Stephen was re-elected to the position of Leader of the Council.

In June 2017 he was appointed as COSLA Spokesperson for Children and Young People.

Stephen is a member of Community Union.