David Gauke MP was appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 8 January 2018. He was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from June 2017 to January 2018. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hertfordshire South West in May 2005.
Born in 1971 and educated at Northgate High School in Ipswich, David read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After a year working as a parliamentary researcher, he attended Chester College of Law before becoming a trainee solicitor.
David was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from February 2006 until he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for the Treasury in June 2007. As a Shadow Treasury Minister, he focused on tax policy, including matters such as tax simplification and corporation tax reform. He was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010, and promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury in July 2014 where he served until July 2016.
He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from July 2016 to June 2017.
Career outside politics
After qualifying as a solicitor in 1997, David worked for a leading City firm before entering Parliament in 2005.
David lives in Chorleywood with his wife, Rachel, and their 3 sons.
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
The Secretary of State for Justice has oversight of all Ministry of Justice (MoJ) business. His specific responsibilities include:
- Oversight of all portfolios and MoJ strategy
- Resourcing of the department
- Functions of the Lord Chancellor
- EU exit and international business
- Judicial policy including pay, pensions and diversity
- Corporate Services
He receives a salary as Lord Chancellor and is unpaid as Secretary of State for Justice.
Previous roles in government
- Birmingham prison action plan published as work continues at pace after ‘step-in’
- Justice Secretary unveils Victims Strategy
- Justice Secretary announces victim compensation scheme review, scraps unfair rule
- Ministry of Justice takes over running of HMP Birmingham
- Blitz on drugs in prison underway
- Government announces changes to court estate
- Reappointment of a Commissioner of the Law Commission
- Chartered Institute of Legal Executives decision letter from Lord Chancellor, David Gauke
- Justice Secretary launches fresh crackdown on crime in prison - speech
- Leslie Manasseh reappointed to the Prison Service Pay Review Body