Stephen Barclay

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Stephen Barclay
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Economic Secretary to the Treasury
Assumed office
14 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Chancellor Philip Hammond
Preceded by Simon Kirby
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
In office
17 July 2016 – 14 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Member of Parliament
for North East Cambridgeshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Malcolm Moss
Majority 16,874 (32.6%)
Personal details
Born (1972-05-03) 3 May 1972 (age 45)
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Peterhouse, Cambridge
Profession Solicitor
Website Official website

Stephen Paul "Steve" Barclay[1] (born 3 May 1972[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]

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 England, and educated at King Edward VII School, a co-educational independent school in Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire. 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 nine months. 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.[5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Steve joined the Conservative Party in 1994 after leaving university.[6] 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.[7]

In 2007 Barclay took over as Organiser of the Carlton Political Dinner which raises funds for the Conservative Party’s target seats.[5]

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.[8]

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.[9]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9120. 
  2. ^[dead link]
  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. ^ a b "Biography". Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Barclay, Steve. "Biography". Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Where are the original A-Listers now? The 18 who have been selected for Conservative seats". 
  8. ^ "Public Accounts Committee - Membership". Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  9. ^ 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