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30/04/18 - 26/11/18
04/04/18 - 22/06/18
|Born||Leeds, United Kingdom|
|Citizenship|| Sorrenian |
|Political party||New Monarchists (2018) |
It is a political norm in Sorrenia to adopt an alias, utilising a pseudonym and alternative portrait. Stephen's surname and portrait are that of Thomas Linacre, a 16th century English humanist.
War of the Sorrenian Succession
Upon the completion of the war however, Stephen sought to establish a constitutional monarchy akin to the British Monarchy. This possibility was immediately quashed however, causing Stephen to leave the New Monarchists and reform the NDLP, calling for major constitutional reform of the monarchy in line with his original proposals.
MP for University Town
Stephen primarily sought to re-establish the NDLP as a credible alternative to both the New Monarchists and The Republicans. Although the party was officially republican, Stephen established a proposal for constitutional reform, and began work on a cross-party alliance to enact such legislation. His policy plans were however rejected by the larger parties.
After two months of leadership, Llewelyn Lawton, micronational veteran and a key prior member of the NDLP returned to politics, causing Stephen to resign in favour of Lawton for the chairmanship of the party.
Although Stephen remained an important figure in the party, his call for a constitutional monarchy was scrapped and generally pushed aside by larger factions calling either for republicanism or maintenance of the status quo.
In the November election, Stephen chose to run in Hortania, and was successful in winning election as the Member of Parliament for South Hortania.
Minister for the Treasury
After an NDLP victory in the November elections, during which they won an additional five seats, party chairman Llewelyn Lawton negotiated a coalition government with the New Monarchists, appointing Stephen as the Minister for the Treasury.
The new administration was publicly embarrassed when New Monarchist Chancellor Phillip Pompeia referred to Stephen as a 'socialist in liberal clothing', exposing their personal antipathy towards one another. After the personal intervention of the parties' respective leadership, the antagonism was largely quelled.
Stephen was criticised by members of his own party for the minimal changes to the New Monarchists' economic proposal, although he did secure additional funding for several environmentalist projects.
Stephen is generally recognised as the leader of the 'yellows' within the NDLP - a faction to the left of the party, committed to Social Democracy.