Councillor Stephen Brady
Leader of Hull City Council and Vice Chair
Councillor Stephen Brady was elected to serve at the Labour Councillor for Southcoates West Ward in Hull in 2000 and served as a back bench Councillor for four years before taking on the role of Chief Whip for the Group in 2004. In 2006, following the May election which saw Labour leave office in Hull, Councillor Brady was elected as Group Leader and set about rebuilding the Labour Group with other leading members. Consistent, but small, gains in subsequent elections left Labour seven seats short of overall control following the 2010 election before Councillor Brady led Labour to a landslide victory in 2011, gaining 11 out of 13 seats contested.
Prior to becoming a Labour Councillor Stephen Brady owned and ran a newsagents shop for 10 years in the ward he now represents in Hull. From leaving school Councillor Brady worked in a number of industries, notably at Sculcoates Power Station, Imperial Typewriters and at BP Chemicals at Salt End where he was, for a long time, the elected full-time Trade Union Convenor for the Transport and General Workers’ Union.
Councillor Brady comes from a long line of Trade Union Representatives and Labour Politicians in Hull that stretches back many decades. Experience of local politics, trade union negotiation and representation, and of owning and running a small business have provided Councillor Brady with a unique and rich perspective which he uses to guide his hand in his role as Leader of the Labour group, and since May 2011, as Council Leader.