Stephen Barclay

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Stephen Barclay
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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 44)
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Peterhouse, Cambridge
Profession Solicitor

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 a two-time 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]


External links[edit]

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