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David Henry Rutley[2] (born 7 March 1961)[3] is a Conservative politician who is the Member of Parliament for Macclesfield and a junior Minister in the United Kingdom Government. He was first elected in 2010.

David Rutley

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Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
Assumed office
15 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byStephen Barclay
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Food and Animal Welfare
In office
3 September 2018 – 27 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byZac Goldsmith
Member of Parliament
for Macclesfield
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded bySir Nicholas Winterton
Majority8,608 (15.9%)
Personal details
David Henry Rutley

(1961-03-07) 7 March 1961 (age 58)
Gravesend, Kent, England[1]
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Rachel Rutley
Alma materLondon School of Economics
Harvard University

Early life and careerEdit

Rutley previously sat on the Board of Directors at Pakistan International Airlines Group

David Rutley was born in 1961. He was educated at the Priory School, Lewes. He was educated at the London School of Economics and Harvard Business School.

Before his election to Parliament, Rutley spent most of his career in business, and worked as a senior executive in major companies including: Asda (where he ran the Home Shopping and E-commerce businesses) and PepsiCo International, and then latterly, Halifax General Insurance and Barclays.

Rutley has worked as a Special Adviser (1994–96) in the last Conservative Government at the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Agriculture. During this time, Rutley helped shape the Budget and initiate the first ever White Paper for rural England.[4]

A one time advisor to cabinet minister William Waldegrave in the early 1990s, he stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative Parliamentary candidate for St Albans at the 1997 general election.[5]

Parliamentary careerEdit

Rutley was elected to Parliament at the 2010 General Election for the Conservative-held seat of Macclesfield.

After becoming an MP in May 2010, Rutley was elected to the Treasury Select Committee and served on the Committee until his appointment in November 2010 as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Damian Green, the Minister for Immigration. When Green left office in the 2014 reshuffle, Rutley became PPS to David Lidington MP in the Foreign Office.[6] He is also the Co-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mountaineering and the Vice Chair of the APPG on National Parks, as well as being a member of several other APPGs, including those on: China, Pharmaceuticals and Small Business.

Rutley was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 EU membership referendum.[7]

On 3 September 2018, Rutley was appointed a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in addition to his role as a whip.[8] This follows an interim appointment as Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the same department from 22 May 2018, during Thérèse Coffey's recovery from illness.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Rutley and his, wife, Rachel, are the parents of four children: two boys and two girls. Rutley is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).[10][11] Rutley served as an LDS Church missionary in the North of England from 1979 to 1981.[12]

Outside politics, he is a keen mountaineer and has climbed in mountain ranges throughout the world including the K2 in Pakistan, he also enjoys fishing, and ornithology. Although not a player, he is the honorary vice-president of the Ash Tree Cricket Club, Prestbury, which is in his constituency.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Who's Who". Oxford University Press. 1 December 2010. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U251618. |chapter= ignored (help)
  2. ^ "No. 59418". The London Gazette. 13 May 2010. p. 8740.
  3. ^ "David Rutley MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ "About David". David Rutley.
  5. ^ "David Rutley MP". Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Reshuffle (continued): The full list of every PPS - Conservative Home".
  7. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  8. ^ "David Rutley MP - GOV.UK".
  9. ^ "Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State Appointments". GOV.UK.
  10. ^ Letts, Quentin (19 February 2010). "A£265 vacuum, Darling? Don't take us for suckers". Daily Mail. London.
  11. ^ Woods, Richard (16 May 2010). "Rise of the executive MP". The Times. London.
  12. ^ "Faith".

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