Bill Esterson has been MP for Sefton Central since 2010 and is a Shadow Minister for Transport (Roads). His brief covers roads and motoring, logistics and supply chains, the automotive sector (including electric vehicles and charging infrastructure), union connectivity, air quality, and skills science and research. He has previously held the position of Shadow Minister for Business and Industry, Shadow Minister for International Trade and Shadow Minster for Small Business.
Mr Esterson started and grew two businesses between 1995 and 2010 and was a local councillor before entering parliament. He graduated from Leeds University in 1990 with BSc Hons in Maths and Philosophy and trained as a chartered accountant after graduating.
He was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Education, Housing, Communities & Local Government and Treasury Committees between 2010 and 2015. He is also chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, vice chair of the APPG on Carbon Capture and Underground Storage, and vice chair of the APPG for Hydrogen.
Shadow Minister for Roads
Logistics and the supply chain are a key part of Bill Esterson’s focus as the shadow Roads Minister.
In his speech at the Microlise Transport Conference, Mr Esterson will outline Labour’s industrial strategy, how it will operate in government, and how it will build long-term certainty through good relationships and stable policy making. Mr Esterson intends to build trust and confidence between government and investors, thereby boosting support for British business, by following the evidence and working with industry to address challenges. Challenges which include the transition away from fossil fuels in transport.
Other initiatives that Mr Esterson will outline include how to improve energy efficiency in buildings, not least warehouses; cutting energy costs through a big increase in wind, solar and nuclear power generation; discuss Labour’s plans to achieve a 75% increase in freight by rail; a comprehensive rollout of EV charging points to help vans, private cars and ultimately some, if not all, HGVs; encouraging the development of new technologies across industry, such as hydrogen, carbon capture and tidal power.