Ministerial role

Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution)

Responsibilities

The Minister for the Constitution supports the Minister for Cabinet Office in delivering Cabinet Office policy.

Responsibilities include:

  • constitution policy
  • democracy
  • public appointments
  • FOI
  • records and knowledge management
  • UK Statistics Authority
  • Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
  • fraud, error, debt and grants
  • cross government communications (Government Communications Service)
  • public bodies reform
  • shared services
  • commercial models

Current role holder: Chris Skidmore MP

Chris Skidmore was appointed Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Kingswood in May 2010.

Education

Chris was educated at Bristol Grammar School before studying history at Oxford, where he continued with postgraduate research.

Political career

Chris was elected as the Conservative MP for Kingswood in 2010. He sat on the Health Select Committee from 2010 to 2013, and the Education Select Committee from 2012 to 2014. In 2013, he was appointed to the Number 10 Policy Board, and in September 2014 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Number 10 Policy Board. In May 2015, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Career outside politics

Chris has written several history books including ‘Edward VI: The Lost King of England’ and ‘Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart’. Recently, Chris published ‘Bosworth: the Birth of the Tudors’. Chris is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Personal life

Chris is married to Lydia and has 2 children, Clementine and Henry.

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  1. Intimidation and abuse threaten our democracy: article by Chris Skidmore

    • Speech
  2. Review into abuse and intimidation in elections

    • Press release
  3. Association of Electoral Administrators: Chris Skidmore speech

    • Speech
  4. Minister encourages students to make their voices heard in Mayoral elections

    • News story
  5. Ministry of Justice joins shared services programme set to save £300m

    • News story
  6. Survivors in safe houses will have their right to vote honoured

    • Speech
  7. Government commits to helping survivors of domestic abuse

    • Press release
  8. Minister discusses barriers to voter registration for disabled people in Scotland

    • News story
  9. 'To govern is to serve': Chris Skidmore on countering fraud in government

    • Speech
  10. Skidmore: an effective democracy that works for everyone

    • Speech