Stephen Paul Barclay PC (born 3 May 1972) is a British Conservative Party politician, and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Cambridgeshire since 2010. On 16 November 2018, Barclay was appointed Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union following the resignation of Dominic Raab. From July 2018, he was Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care.
Early life and education
He was brought up in Lancashire, and educated at King Edward VII School, an independent school in Lytham St Annes. After completing his A levels, he joined the British Army on a Gap Year Commission, attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and served as a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for five months. Following this, first he read history at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and then studied at the Chester College of Law campus, to qualify as a solicitor in 1998.
Barclay completed his training contract as an articled clerk with a large London law firm before working at Royal Exchange, Axa Insurance, the Financial Services Authority, and Barclays, where he was the head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions for the retail banking division.
After leaving university in 1994, Barclay joined the Conservative Party. 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. In 2007, Barclay took over as the organiser of the Carlton Club political dinner, which raises funds for the Conservative Party’s target seats.
Barclay was selected in January 2008 to replace the outgoing North East Cambridgeshire MP, Malcolm Moss, and was elected at the May 2010 general election with a majority of 16,425. After the election, he was soon elected by fellow MPs to become a member of the Public Accounts Committee, which scrutinises government spending. Conservative Home named him as one of a minority of loyal Conservative backbench MPs not to have voted against the government in any substantive rebellions. He was the Economic Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 to January 2018. Barclay was the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care from July 2018.
Barclay was appointed as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in November 2018 following the resignation of Dominic Raab. It has been reported that Barclay would focus on the domestic preparations rather than negotiations for Brexit.
Barclay and his wife Karen have a son and two daughters.
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- Official website
- Profile at the Conservative Party
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
- Contributions in Parliament during 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 at Hansard Archives
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
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