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Chief Secretary to the Treasury
in HM Treasury

Incumbent:
Liam Byrne
Style: The Right Honourable
Appointed by: Gordon Brown
as Prime Minister
First: Henry Brooke
Formation: (8 October 1961)
United Kingdom
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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is the second most senior ministerial position in HM Treasury, after the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The office holder is usually given a junior position in the British Cabinet. It was created in 1961, to share the burden of representing the Treasury with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The position's responsibilities include negotiating with departments about budget allocations, public sector pay, welfare reform, and procurement policy.

Liam Byrne is the current holder of the office, having been appointed in the 5 June 2009 reshuffle.

Chief Secretaries to the Treasury

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Entered office Left office Political party Chancellor of the Exchequer
Henry Brooke 9 October 1961 13 July 1962 Conservative Selwyn Lloyd
John Boyd-Carpenter 13 July 1962 16 October 1964 Conservative Reginald Maudling
John Diamond 20 October 1964 19 June 1970 Labour James Callaghan
Roy Jenkins
Maurice Macmillan 23 June 1970 7 April 1972 Conservative Iain Macleod
Anthony Barber
Patrick Jenkin 7 April 1972 8 January 1974 Conservative
Thomas Boardman 8 January 1974 4 March 1974 Conservative
Joel Barnett 7 March 1974 4 May 1979 Labour Denis Healey
John Biffen 5 May 1979 5 January 1981 Conservative Sir Geoffrey Howe
Leon Brittan 5 January 1981 11 June 1983 Conservative
Peter Rees 11 June 1983 2 September 1985 Conservative Nigel Lawson
John MacGregor 2 September 1985 13 June 1987 Conservative
John Major 13 June 1987 24 July 1989 Conservative
Norman Lamont 24 July 1989 28 November 1990 Conservative John Major
David Mellor 28 November 1990 10 April 1992 Conservative Norman Lamont
Michael Portillo 10 April 1992 20 July 1994 Conservative
Kenneth Clarke
Jonathan Aitken 20 July 1994 5 July 1995 Conservative
William Waldegrave 5 July 1995 2 May 1997 Conservative
Alistair Darling 3 May 1997 27 July 1998 Labour Gordon Brown
Stephen Byers 27 July 1998 23 December 1998 Labour
Alan Milburn 23 December 1998 11 October 1999 Labour
Andrew Smith 11 October 1999 29 May 2002 Labour
Paul Boateng 29 May 2002 6 May 2005 Labour
Des Browne 6 May 2005 5 May 2006 Labour
Stephen Timms 5 May 2006 27 June 2007 Labour
Andy Burnham 28 June 2007 24 January 2008 Labour Alistair Darling
Yvette Cooper 24 January 2008 5 June 2009 Labour
Liam Byrne 5 June 2009 Present Labour

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