- Enterprise & productivity
- Financial services
- International issues
- Public private partnerships
- Public spending & reporting
- Taxation, work and welfare
- UK economy
- The Euro
- Invest to save budget (ISB)
Stephen Timms was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury in October 2008. He has strategic oversight of taxation as a whole, including overall responsibility for the Finance Bill, HM Revenue and Customs, and European and international tax issues. In addition to this, since 6 August 2009 Stephen has taken on responsibility as Minister for Digital Britain at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Before this Stephen had been the Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform at the Department for Work and Pensions since January 2008. This is Stephen’s fourth spell as a Treasury minister, and his third as Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Most recently he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2006-2007.
Other previous Ministerial positions include; Minister for Competitiveness at the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform; Minister for Pensions Reform in the Department for Work and Pensions; Minister for e-Commerce and Competitiveness and Minister of State for Energy, e-Commerce and Postal Services in the Department for Trade and Industry; Minister of State for School Standards; and Minister of State and Parliamentary Under Secretary in the then Department for Social Security.
Stephen entered Parliament in 1994 as MP for Newham North East, and has been MP for East Ham since 1997. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Andrew Smith from May 1997 to March 1998, and to Mo Mowlam from March to July 1998.
Stephen was born in 1955. He was educated at Farnborough Grammar School and read mathematics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has lived in the East London Borough of Newham since 1979 and married Hui-Leng in July 1986. Before entering Parliament, Stephen worked in the telecommunications industry for 15 years, first for Logica and then for Ovum. He was elected to Newham Council in 1984 and served as Leader of the Council from 1990 to 1994.
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