Paymaster General

The Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP


Michael Ellis was appointed Paymaster General on 16 September 2021.

He was Solicitor General from 26 July 2019 to 2 March 2021, and re-appointed to that role from 10 September 2021 to 15 September 2021. He was Attorney General from 2 March 2021 to 10 September 2021 while Suella Braverman was designated as a Minister on Leave.

He was previously Minister of State at the Department for Transport from 23 May 2019 to 25 July 2019. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from January 2018 to May 2019.

He was Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from 17 July 2016 to 8 January 2018.

He was elected Conservative MP for Northampton North in May 2010.

Paymaster General

Responsibilities include:

  • supporting the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on Cabinet Office responsibilities for National Security and resilience
  • supporting the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on COVID-19
  • supporting Cabinet Office primary legislation in the Commons and the Cabinet Office secondary legislation programme
  • supporting Lord Frost with on domestic transition readiness and borders work
  • Government inquiries - Infected Blood, and COVID-19

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