Deputy Chief Whip, Treasurer of HM Household

The Rt Hon Esther McVey


Esther McVey was appointed Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip) on 2 November 2017. She was Minister of State for Employment from 2013 to 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Wirral West in May 2010.


Esther graduated in law before becoming a graduate trainee with the BBC in 1991. She returned to Liverpool John Moore’s university in 2008 to do an MSc in corporate governance.

Political career

Esther was the first MP to employ an apprentice and got the House of Commons authorities to introduce the scheme.

Career outside politics

After leaving the BBC, Esther worked as a broadcaster and a journalist, presenting and producing programmes such as GMTV, a legal series for Channel 4, a BBC consumer show and a BBC science show.

In 2000, she established her own business setting up office space for new start-up companies as well as establishing the biggest business women’s network in the north west.

She has written a careers book “If Chloe can”, which was turned into a play and performed at the National Youth Theatre.

Personal life

Esther is passionate about issues such as careers, youth unemployment, apprenticeships, investment and business growth.

Deputy Chief Whip, Treasurer of HM Household

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 of State for Employment

    • 2013 to 2015
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People

    • 2012 to 2013


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