Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Assistant Government Whip

Chloe Smith MP

Biography

Chloe Smith was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Assistant Government Whip for the House of Commons on 15 June 2017.

She served as Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform from September 2012 until June 2017. She is the Conservative MP for Norwich North.

Education

Chloe studied English at the University of York.

Political career

Chloe was elected MP for Norwich North in July 2009. After joining the ministerial team she served as a government whip, before being appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in October 2011.

Career outside politics

Before entering Parliament, Chloe worked for international consultancy firm Deloitte, advising private businesses, government departments and public bodies.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

The Northern Ireland Office is responsible for overseeing the Northern Ireland devolution settlement and representing Northern Ireland interests at UK government level and UK government interests in Northern Ireland.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary reports to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Responsibilities are:

  • EU Exit

  • Security-related issues and casework

  • Legacy stakeholder management

  • Parliamentary liaison with Northern Ireland MPs the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, and other interested parliamentarians

Assistant Government Whip

Whips are MPs or Lords appointed by each party to help organise their party’s contribution to parliamentary business. They are responsible for making sure the maximum number of their party members vote, and vote the way their party wants.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform

    • 2012 to 2013
  2. Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister)

    • 2011 to 2012

Announcements

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  1. All public bodies to adopt SME-friendly business rules

    • Press release
  2. Chloe Smith speech on Individual Electoral Registration

    • Speech
  3. Data matching to make individual electoral registration easier

    • Press release
  4. Chloe Smith speech at GovKnow Procurement Conference

    • Speech
  5. £109 billion of future government construction opportunities up for grabs

    • Press release
  6. Innovation Fund opens to get more people on the electoral register

    • Press release
  7. New online tool invites taxpayers to join the hunt for government savings

    • Press release
  8. New bill to bring more transparency to politics

    • Press release
  9. New government campaign to get people on the electoral register

    • Press release
  10. Government Construction Summit 2013: speech by Chloe Smith

    • Speech