Ministerial role

First Lord of the Treasury


The First Lord of the Treasury is one of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. This role is usually held by the Prime Minister.

Since the 17th century, the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury have collectively carried out duties that were previously held by the Lord High Treasurer (head of Her Majesty’s Treasury).

The Lords Commissioners of the Treasury also include:

10 Downing Street is the official residence of the First Lord of the Treasury, and not of the Prime Minister.

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Boris Johnson became Prime Minister on 24 July 2019. He was previously Foreign Secretary from 13 July 2016 to 9 July 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in May 2015. Previously he was the MP for Henley from June 2001 to June 2008.

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Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

    2016 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon David Cameron

    2010 to 2016


  1. PM's words from reception held at Downing Street to celebrate the winning England Cricket team
  2. PM press conference with Chancellor Merkel: 16 February 2018
  3. PM press conference with Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni: 9 February 2017
  4. David Cameron and Tony Abbott joint press conference
  5. Remembrance Sunday 2014: David Cameron's message
  6. Guru Nanak Gurpurab 2014: David Cameron's message
  7. PM meeting with the Emir of Qatar: October 2014
  8. Diwali 2014: David Cameron's message
  9. New funding and powers to tackle abuse in the charity sector
  10. Diwali 2014: David Cameron's reception speech