Miriam Cates MP

About Miriam

Miriam was born and brought up in Sheffield, and for over ten years has lived with her husband and three children in Oughtibridge, a village in the South of her constituency.

Miriam is an active member of her community, she has chaired the school PTA, helped to set up and lead a youth group, and in her role as a Parish Councillor for Oughtibridge has campaigned on a number of local issues including; better local transport, more police, and better skills and education for all.

“I love being part of this community and am proud to call it my home. Ours is a beautiful constituency with urban and rural communities but we need to do more to improve local transport, policing, education and training."

Miriam went to King Edward VII School, Sheffield, and then on to the University of Cambridge where she studied Genetics, returning to Sheffield to take her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Sheffield Hallam University, Miriam went on to teach Chemistry and Biology at Tapton School in Sheffield.

“We've got some great schools, with brilliant and dedicated teachers, but too many of our children aren’t reaching their potential.  With first-hand experience in education, I will work with local schools, parents and children, to raise our aspirations and opportunities so that everyone is given the best chance."

For a number of years Miriam has worked in a technology business she owns with her husband, so recognises the importance of investment in technological infrastructure and digital skills in supporting our industrial sector but also in providing new opportunities for local people.

“Small businesses add so much to our constituency, providing employment, growth and opportunity - technology is our fastest growing sector and with the right infrastructure and skills, people in our constituency can benefit from that growth.”


Election History

General Election
Elected as the Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire. December 2019

Local | Parish Election

Elected to represent the Oughtibridge Ward on Bradfield Parish Council. May 2015, reelected May 2019 (term ends 2023)

Local | City Election
Stood for Stannington Ward in the Sheffield City Council election. May 2018 (not elected)

Parliamentary Interest Groups - APPGs

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.

Christians in Parliament
To support Christians of all denominations and parties in their work in the Houses of Parliament.

Digital Skills
To provide a forum for parliamentarians, educators and employers to promote the importance of digital skills and to encourage a greater understanding of digital skills for personal, educational and career development.

Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum - Vice Chair
To further understanding of policy issues affecting the internet, communications and technology sectors between parliamentarians, the industry, consumer groups, academia and other relevant and diverse stakeholders.

Small and Micro Business - Vice Chair
To raise awareness of small and micro business issues in Parliament.

Steel - Vice Chair 
To ensure a fair deal for the UK steel and metal related industries by liaising with and lobbying the government, to raise the profile of cultural, environmental and social issues in the industry and its communities, and to research and develop policies which will promote thriving steel and cast metal industries in the UK

Yorkshire & Northern Lincolnshire
To bring MPs of all parties together with key leaders - those in local government, the private sector and social enterprise - to help maximise future investment in the region for the benefit of all local communities and economies.