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Steve Barclay back as Health Secretary

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He tweeted little in recent days and only about his support for Rishi Sunak – rewarded today with a return to Cabinet.

MP Steve Barclay was confirmed late this afternoon as Health Secretary – a job he held in Boris Johnson’s government.

Yesterday the NE Cambs MP tweeted his congratulations to Rishi Sunak “on becoming leader of the Conservative Party and our next Prime Minister.

“Important our party now unites behind his leadership.”

After Liz Truss became prime minister, and declined to offer him a job, he tweeted: ““After seven years in government I am returning to the backbenches.

“Thanks to all colleagues, both political and civil service, for their fantastic support.

“Wishing Liz Truss and her ministerial team every success for the future.”

MP Steve Barclay visiting a community diagnostics centre in the Midlands during his time as Health Minister

Steve Barclay was Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from 5 July 2022 to 6 September 2022.

He was previously appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office between 15 September 2021 and July 2022.

He was previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 13 February 2020 to 15 September 2021 and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union from 16 November 2018 to 31 January 2020 and Minister of State for the Department of Health and Social Care from January to November 2018. Steve was also Economic Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 to January 2018.

Flashback to 2016 and a meeting between Liz Truss and Steve Barclay

He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from July 2016 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire in May 2010.


Steve was educated at King Edward VII School in Lytham St. Annes Lancashire before reading history at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He later studied law at the College of Law, Chester.

Political career

From 2010 to 2014 Steve served on the Public Accounts Committee which scrutinises government spending. Steve served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Steve qualified as a solicitor in 1998. He worked as an insurance company lawyer for Axa Insurance, as a regulator for the Financial Services Authority, and as Director of Regulatory Affairs and then Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions at Barclays Retail Bank.


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