Gareth Snell
Member of Parliament
for Stoke-on-Trent Central
Assumed office
24 February 2017
Preceded by Tristram Hunt
Majority 3,897 (11.8%)
Member of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
for Silverdale and Parksite
Assumed office
4 August 2016
Preceded by Eileen Braithwaite
Majority 225
Member of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
for Knutton and Silverdale
In office
6 May 2010 – 22 May 2014
Preceded by Richard Gorton
Succeeded by Derrick Huckfield
Majority 313
Personal details
Born Gareth Craig Snell
(1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 38)

Gareth Craig Snell (born 1 January 1986) is a British Labour Co-operative politician, who entered Parliament as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-on-Trent Central at the 2017 Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election. Following the snap general election, he was re-elected on 8 June 2017.

Political career

Before his election as an MP, Snell served as a member of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, including a period as leader from 2012 and 2014. As leader he made the Council a Living Wage employer and part of the Cooperative Council network. He also implemented a 'no redundancies' policy that remains in force. He lost his council seat in the 2014 elections but was re-elected in a by-election on 5 August 2016 with 56% of the vote. He was a supporter of Remain in the June 2016 European Union referendum; however, he has said that he respects the referendum result and will work for the best Brexit deal for Stoke.

On 24 February 2017, Snell defeated eight other candidates to win the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, including second-placed Paul Nuttall, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party. He was re-elected with a majority of nearly 4,000 on 8 June 2017. This was an increase of the figure of 2,600 at the by-election, but compares to 20,000 from 1997.