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Stephen Paul Barclay PC (born 3 May 1972)[1][2] is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union since 2018. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North East Cambridgeshire since 2010.[3][4]


Stephen Barclay

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Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Assumed office
16 November 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded byDominic Raab
Minister of State for Health
In office
9 January 2018 – 16 November 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byPhilip Dunne
Succeeded byStephen Hammond
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
14 June 2017 – 9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded bySimon Kirby
Succeeded byJohn Glen
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
17 July 2016 – 14 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byGeorge Hollingbery
Succeeded byDavid Rutley
Member of Parliament
for North East Cambridgeshire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byMalcolm Moss
Majority21,270 (39.9%)
Personal details
Born
Stephen Paul Barclay

(1972-05-03) 3 May 1972 (age 47)
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Karen
Children3
EducationKing Edward VII School
Alma materPeterhouse, Cambridge
ProfessionSolicitor
WebsiteOfficial website
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/service British Army
Years of service1991
RankSecond lieutenant
UnitRoyal Regiment of Fusiliers

Barclay served as Lord Commissioner of the Treasury from 2016 to 2017 and Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 2017 until 2018. After the January 2018 cabinet reshuffle, he became Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care; Barclay was appointed Brexit Secretary in November that year following the resignation of Dominic Raab.

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Early life and educationEdit

Barclay is the youngest of three brothers. His father was a trade union official, and his mother worked in the civil service.[5]

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.[6][7] 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.[5]

Early careerEdit

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.[8]

Parliamentary careerEdit

After leaving university in 1994, Barclay joined the Conservative Party.[9] 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.[10] In 2007, Barclay took over as the organiser of the Carlton Club political dinner, which raises funds for the Conservative Party’s target seats.[8]

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.[11]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.[12] 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.[13]

Barclay was appointed as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union in November 2018 following the resignation of Dominic Raab.[14] It was reported that Barclay would focus on the domestic preparations rather than negotiations for Brexit.[15] He retained his role as Brexit Secretary in Boris Johnson's first Cabinet.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Barclay and his wife Karen have a son and two daughters.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "3.46AM: Stephen Barclay wins NE Cambs seat and extends Tory majority to more than 16,000". Wisbech Standard. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Stephen Barclay MP @SteveBarclay to be Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union @DExEUgov". Twitter. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Steve Barclay". Conservative Home. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  6. ^ "No. 52531". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 May 1991. p. 7432.
  7. ^ "No. 52707". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 November 1991. p. 16855.
  8. ^ a b "Biography". stevebarclay.net. Archived from the original on 9 May 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  9. ^ Barclay, Steve. "Biography". Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  10. ^ "ConservativeHome's Seats & Candidates blog: Where are the original A-Listers now? The 18 who have been selected for Conservative seats".
  11. ^ "Public Accounts Committee - Membership". parliament.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  12. ^ Barrett, Matthew. "The 24 Conservative MPs who are still on the backbenches and have never rebelled". Conservative Home. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  13. ^ (https://www.gov.uk/government/people/stephen-barclay)
  14. ^ "Steve Barclay named new Brexit Secretary". BBC News. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Stephen Barclay named new Brexit Secretary". BBC News. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  16. ^ Leishman, Fiona (24 July 2019). "MP Stephen Barclay holds on to Brexit secretary job in Boris' new cabinet". cambridgenews. Retrieved 24 July 2019.

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