Minister of State for Health

Stephen Barclay MP


Stephen Barclay was appointed as Minister of State for the Department of Health and Social Care on 9 January 2018. Stephen was previously Economic Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 to January 2018.

He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from July 2016 to June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire in May 2010.


Stephen was educated at King Edward VII School in Lytham St. Annes Lancashire before reading history at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He later studied law at the College of Law, Chester.

Political career

From 2010 to 2014 Stephen served on the Public Accounts Committee which scrutinises government spending. Stephen served as Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 1998. He worked as an insurance company lawyer for Axa Insurance, as a regulator for the Financial Services Authority, and as Director of Regulatory Affairs and then Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions at Barclays Retail Bank.

Personal life

Stephen is married and has 2 children.

Minister of State for Health

The Minister of State for Health leads on the following:

  • finance, procurement and operational performance
  • workforce pay and pensions, contracts, and whistleblowing
  • setting the government’s mandate for NHS England
  • transformation and provider policy

Previous roles in government

  1. Economic Secretary to the Treasury

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2016 to 2017
  3. Assistant Government Whip

    • 2015 to 2016


  1. Multi-million pound investment in new ambulances for the NHS
  2. NHS Improvement's remit for 2018 to 2019
  3. Supporting Papers - Growing a Culture of Social Impact Investing
  4. Protecting the future of peer-to-peer lending
  5. UK establishes new money laundering watchdog
  6. Over 900,000 more customers open fee-free basic bank accounts
  7. Economic talks herald Golden Era in UK-China relations
  8. Business set to benefit from new Insurance Linked Securities rules
  9. The strategy for the future of the UK's asset management industry unveiled
  10. FinTech to help renters get on the housing ladder