City Minister

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City Minister
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Royal Arms as used by Her Majesty's Government
Simon Kirby MP.jpg
Simon Kirby MP[1]

since 16 July 2016
HM Treasury
Appointer The British Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder The Lord Myners
Formation 3 October 2008[2]
Website HM Treasury

The position of City Minister is a United Kingdom Government minister in HM Treasury. The minister is responsible for the British financial services sector which is commonly known as 'the City'. The incumbent minister is Simon Kirby who was appointed in July 2016.[1]

The term 'City Minister' was first used as a nickname for the position of Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury which was created by Gordon Brown upon coming to office in October 2008.[3] The only person to have held the office was Lord Myners, who served from October 2008 to May 2010.[4][5]

In May 2010 as part of the ministerial reorganisation by the Cameron Government the position of Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury was abolished. However, the idea of there being a minister specifically responsible for the City was retained and it was decided that the post would be held concurrently with the position of Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

Following the promotion of Sajid Javid to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in April 2014 the portfolio of City Minister was moved from the Financial Secretary to the Treasury to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury.[6]

List of office holders[edit]

Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister Chancellor
As Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury Brown Darling
Lord Myners Paul Myners 2013.jpg 3 October 2008 13 May 2010 Labour
As Financial Secretary to the Treasury Cameron
Mark Hoban Mark Hoban MP speaking at 'Improving Employment Outcomes'.jpg 13 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative
Greg Clark Gregclark.jpg 4 September 2012 7 October 2013 Conservative
Sajid Javid Sajid Javid Secretary of State.jpg 7 October 2013 9 April 2014 Conservative
As Economic Secretary to the Treasury
Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom 2016.jpg 9 April 2014 11 May 2015 Conservative
Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin 2.jpg 11 May 2015 16 July 2016 Conservative Cameron
Simon Kirby Simon Kirby MP.jpg 16 July 2016 Incumbent Conservative May Hammond


  1. ^ a b Simon Kirby MP, HM Government, retrieved 4 August 2016 
  2. ^ House of Commons, Treasury Committee. Banking Crisis: Reforming Corporate Governance and Pay in the City, Ninth Report of Session 2008–09. p. 42. 
  3. ^ "City minister Myners seeks review of how investment banking has 'permeated' society". The Daily Telegraph). 25 January 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Paul Myners CBE - Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury". HM Treasury. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Speech by the Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury, Paul Myners to the Association of Foreign Banks". HM Treasury official website (archived by The National Archives). 11 June 2009. Archived from the original on 28 June 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Andrea Leadsom MP appointed new City Minister for HMT, Tech UK, 10 April 2014, retrieved 4 August 2016