The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
Minister for Digital Britain
Responsible for Digital Britain.
Stephen Timms was appointed Minister for Digital Britain at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 6 August 2009.
Stephen is also Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Appointed to this position in October 2008, this is his fourth spell as a Treasury minister, and his third as Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2006-2007.
Other previous Ministerial positions include; Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform at the Department for Work and Pensions; 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.