Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Rt Hon Jesse Norman MP


Jesse Norman was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 23 May 2019.

Jesse was Paymaster General from 23 May 2019 to 24 July 2019. He was previously Minister of State at the Department for Transport from November 2018 to May 2019.

Before that, he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport from June 2017 to November 2018.

He was elected as Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire in May 2010.


Jesse studied at Oxford University (BA) and University College London (MPhil, PhD).

Political career

Jesse was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 18 July 2016 until 14 June 2017. During the 2010 to 2015 Parliament Jesse was a member of the Treasury Select Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership. In June 2015 he was elected Chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Jesse was awarded Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year and The House Backbencher of the Year in 2012.

Career outside politics

Before entering politics Jesse was a Director at Barclays, researched and taught philosophy at University College London, and ran a charitable project in Communist Eastern Europe.

His books and pamphlets include ‘The achievement of Michael Oakeshott’, ‘After Euclid’, ‘Compassionate conservatism’ and ‘The big society’. His book ‘Edmund Burke: politician, philosopher, prophet’ was listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Political Book Awards and the George Orwell Prize. His book ‘Adam Smith: What he thought, and why it matters’ was published in 2018. He has also written regularly for the national press.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Financial Secretary (FST) is the Treasury Minister of State responsible for tax policy and customs – including border readiness, which includes:

  • leading on the UK tax system including direct, indirect, business, property and personal taxation
  • corporate and small business taxation
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • European and international tax issues
  • overall responsibility for the Finance Bill
  • National Insurance Bill
  • customs policy
  • HMRC planning and delivery of our future partnership with the EU
  • departmental Minister for HM Revenue and Customs and the Valuation Office Agency and the Government Actuary’s Department
  • tariffs policy
  • trade policy
  • freeports (CST policy lead – FST support on customs)
  • infrastructure policy:
  • National Infrastructure Strategy
  • National Infrastructure Commission
  • Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA, joint with Cabinet Office)
  • Public - Private Partnerships
  • (PPPs) and Private Finance Initiatives (PFI/PFI2)
  • parliamentary deputy on public spending issues

More about this role

HM Treasury

Previous roles in government

  1. Paymaster General
  2. Minister of State
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
  4. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Business and Industry)


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