Monday 23 September 2019

Swift rise of May's new Brexit minister

Britain's new Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay. Picture: PA
Britain's new Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay. Picture: PA

Gavin Cordon

Theresa May's new Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay was a supporter of the Leave campaign, and worked as a financial services regulator in London.

Steve Barclay, named as Dominic Raab's successor yesterday, has been catapulted to the Cabinet front rank in a role potentially crucial to Mrs May's political survival.

The son of a trade union official father and a civil servant mother, the 42-year-old describes himself as coming from a "working class Northern background" in Lancashire.

The youngest of three brothers, he came from the first generation of his family to go to university, reading history at Cambridge and spending a gap year serving in the British army with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

After training as a lawyer, he worked as regulator for the Financial Services Authority in London and head of anti-money laundering at Barclays Bank before embarking on a political career.

He won the seat of North East Cambridgeshire in the 2010 general election having twice stood unsuccessfully for parliament.

After his election, he became known as a tough and effective interrogator of officials as a member of the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

During the EU referendum in 2016, he supported the official Vote Leave campaign,

Following the 2017 election, Mrs May made him her new City minister.

He served only six months in the Treasury before he was promoted again to minister of state at the Department of Health and Social Care.

Mr Barclay is married with two children.

Irish Independent

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