Stephen Barclay

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Stephen Barclay
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Minister of State for Health and Social Care
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Jeremy Hunt
Matt Hancock
Preceded by Office established
Economic Secretary to the Treasury & City Minister
In office
14 June 2017 – 9 January 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Chancellor Philip Hammond
Preceded by Simon Kirby
Succeeded by John Glen
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
In office
17 July 2016 – 14 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Chancellor Philip Hammond
Preceded by Office established
Member of Parliament
for North East Cambridgeshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Malcolm Moss
Majority 21,270 (39.9%)
Personal details
Born (1972-05-03) 3 May 1972 (age 46)
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Karen
Children 2
Education King Edward VII School
Alma mater Peterhouse, Cambridge
Profession Solicitor
Website Official website
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1991
Rank Second lieutenant
Unit Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

Stephen Paul Barclay (born 3 May 1972)[1][2] is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Cambridgeshire since May 2010.[3] He currently serves as Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care

Early life and education[edit]

Barclay is the youngest of three brothers. His father was a trade union official, and his mother worked in the civil service.[4]

He was brought up in Lancashire, and educated at King Edward VII School, a co-educational independent school in Lytham St Annes. After completing his A levels, he then joined the army on a Gap Year Commission, attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served as a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for five months.[5][6] After this he read history at Peterhouse, Cambridge and later studied at the College of Law, Chester, qualifying as a solicitor in 1998.[4]


Barclay completed articles (training) with a large London law firm before working in businesses including Guardian Royal Exchange, Axa Insurance, the Financial Services Authority, and Barclays, where he was Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions for the retail banking division before being elected to Parliament.[7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Steve joined the Conservative Party in 1994 after leaving university.[8] He was a member of the A-List and was twice an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate, contesting Manchester Blackley in 1997 and Lancaster & Wyre in 2001, coming within 500 votes of winning the latter seat.[9]

In 2007 Barclay took over as Organiser of the Carlton Political Dinner which raises funds for the Conservative Party’s target seats.[7]

Barclay was selected in January 2008 to replace the outgoing North East Cambridgeshire MP, Malcolm Moss. He was subsequently elected in May 2010, at the 2010 general election with a majority of 16,425.

After election to parliament Barclay was soon elected by fellow MPs to become a member of the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises government spending.[10]

Barclay was named by Conservative Home as one of a minority of loyal Conservative backbench MPs not to have voted against the government in any significant rebellions.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Barclay is married to Karen; they have a son and a daughter.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9120. 
  2. ^ a b "Barclay, Stephen Paul, (born 1972), MP (C) North East Cambridgeshire, since 2010; Economic Secretary to HM Treasury, since 2017". Who's Who. 2010. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.251452. 
  3. ^ Wisbech Standard. "3.46AM: Stephen Barclay wins NE Cambs seat and extends Tory majority to more than 16,000". Retrieved 8 May 2010. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Steve Barclay". Conservative Home. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "No. 52531". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 May 1991. p. 7432. 
  6. ^ "No. 52707". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 November 1991. p. 16855. 
  7. ^ a b "Biography". Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Barclay, Steve. "Biography". Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Where are the original A-Listers now? The 18 who have been selected for Conservative seats". 
  10. ^ "Public Accounts Committee - Membership". Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Barrett, Matthew. "The 24 Conservative MPs who are still on the backbenches and have never rebelled". Conservative Home. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Malcolm Moss
Member of Parliament for North East Cambridgeshire