Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation

Sam Gyimah


Sam Gyimah was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice on 17 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for East Surrey in 2010.


He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxford.

Political career

Sam was:

  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education from May 2015 until July 2016
  • Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office from July 2014 until March 2015
  • a Government Whip from October 2013 to July 2014
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister David Cameron from 2012 to 2013
  • a member of the International Development Select Committee from 2011 to 2012
  • a member of the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission 2010 to 2012

Career outside politics

Sam spent 5 years working for Goldman Sachs and then went on to help build and develop a number of small businesses in the training, recruitment and internet sectors.

Personal life

Sam is married and has 2 children.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons and Probation

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State’s responsibilities are

  • prison reform
  • prison operations and population
  • prison industrial relations
  • prison security
  • offender employment and education
  • foreign national offenders
  • prison and probation monitoring bodies, including HMI Prisons, HMI Probation, PPO and IMBs
  • probation services and reform
  • public protection and offender management
  • probation industrial relations
  • Parole Board
  • sentencing
  • electronic monitoring
  • rehabilitation
  • transparency

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for the Constitution)

    • 2014 to 2015
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education

    • 2014 to 2016
  3. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2013 to 2014


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  1. New squad formed to tackle drone threat to prisons

    • Press release
  2. Justice update

    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Prison Minister Sam Gyimah’s speech at the IMB National Conference

    • Speech
  4. Prisons minister visits staff at HMP YOI Winchester to hear concerns from the frontline

    • Press release
  5. Huge response to dangerous driving proposals

    • Press release
  6. Thousands officially pardoned under 'Turing's Law'

    • Press release
  7. Justice minister opens Timpson’s training academy for female prisoners

    • Press release
  8. Maximum sentence for stalking to double

    • Press release
  9. Extension of tenure for the current Prisons and Probation Ombudsman

    • News story
  10. Minister unveils plans to pardon thousands under ‘Turing’s Law’

    • Press release