Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Food and Animal Welfare

David Rutley MP

Biography

David Rutley was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 3 September 2018. He is also a Government Whip, a position he has held since 15 June 2017.

Education

David received a BSc(Econ) from the London School of Economics and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Political career:

David was first elected to Parliament in the 2010 General Election as the MP for Macclesfield. He has previously served on the Treasury Select Committee and as Parliamentary Private Secretary to several Secretaries of State.

Career outside politics:

David spent most of his career in business and worked as a senior executive in major companies, including Asda, PepsiCo International, Halifax General Insurance and Barclays. From 1994 to 1996 he worked as a Special Advisor at the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Personal life:

David enjoys an active family life with his wife, Rachel, and their four children. He is a keen mountaineer and rock climber and enjoys skiing and bird watching.

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Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

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.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Food and Animal Welfare

Responsibilities include:

  • animal welfare
  • climate change adaptation
  • EU exit readiness oversight
  • food chain - with the lead for Food and Drink Industrial Strategy
  • forestry

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

    • 2018 to 2018
  2. Interim Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment

    • 2018 to 2018

Announcements

  1. First government-funded tree of Northern Forest takes root
  2. David Rutley tours UK food and drink industry
  3. 'Forgotten lands' to receive forestry boost
  4. Animal welfare boosted by new law coming into force
  5. Ivory ban could protect hippos, walruses and narwhals
  6. National Infrastructure Commission's report on water: letter to Ofwat
  7. Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State Appointments