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About Steve

Overview

Overview

Steve Barclay was appointed the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office on 15th September 2021.

Prior to this he was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 13th February 2020 till 15th September 2021. 

Steve has previously served as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and was in post when the UK left the EU on 31st January 2020. 

He was Minister of State for the Department of Health and Social Care from January to November 2018. Steve was also Economic Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 to January 2018.

He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from July 2016 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire in May 2010.

Life Before Politics

Life Before Politics

Steve qualified as a solicitor in 1998. He worked as an insurance company lawyer for Axa Insurance, as a regulator for the Financial Services Authority, and as Director of Regulatory Affairs and then Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions at Barclays Retail Bank.

Education

Education

Steve was educated at King Edward VII School in Lytham St. Annes Lancashire before reading history at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He later studied law at the College of Law, Chester.

Political Career

Political Career

From 2010 to 2014 Steve served on the Public Accounts Committee which scrutinises government spending. Steve served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016. Stephen was Economic Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 to January 2018 and Minister of State for the Department of Health and Social Care from January to November 2018.

MP FOR NORTH EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE

MP FOR NORTH EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Steve has been an MP for North East Cambridgeshire since 2010. His key priorities have always been to:

  • Ensure healthcare services remain local
  • Championing local schools
  • Secure investment and funding for the local area
  • Keep transport improvements on track

To find out what Steve is campaigning for in your local area, click here.

Chief Secretary to Treasury Duties

Chief Secretary to Treasury Duties

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is responsible for public expenditure, including:

  • spending reviews and strategic planning
  • in-year spending control
  • public sector pay and pensions
  • Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) and welfare reform
  • efficiency and value for money in public service
  • procurement
  • capital investment
  • infrastructure spending
  • housing and planning
  • spending issues related to trade
  • transport policy, including HS2, Crossrail 2, Roads, Network Rail, Oxford/Cambridge corridor
  • Treasury interest in devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • women in the economy
  • skills, labour market policy and childcare policy, including tax free childcare
  • tax credits policy
  • housing and planning
  • legislative strategy
  • state pensions/ pensioner benefits
  • freeports – with support from FST on customs aspects .

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