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Chancellor of the Exchequer
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government).svg
Official portrait of Mr Philip Hammond.jpg
Incumbent
Philip Hammond

since 13 July 2016 (2016-07-13)
Her Majesty's Treasury
Style Chancellor
(informal)
The Right Honourable
(within the UK and the Commonwealth)
Member of Cabinet
Privy Council
National Security Council
Reports to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Residence 11 Downing Street
Seat Westminster
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation22 June 1316
First holder Hervey de Stanton
in the Kingdom of England only
Deputy Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Salary£69,552 (excluding salary as MP)
Website www.gov.uk

The Chancellor and Under-Treasurer of Her Majesty's Exchequer, commonly known as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, [lower-alpha 1] or simply the Chancellor, [1] is a senior official within the Government of the United Kingdom and head of Her Majesty's Treasury. The office is a British Cabinet-level position.

Government of the United Kingdom central government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Government of the United Kingdom, formally referred to as Her Majesty's Government, is the central government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is also commonly referred to as simply the UK Government or the British Government.

HM Treasury United Kingdom government department

Her Majesty's Treasury, sometimes referred to as the Exchequer, or more informally the Treasury, is the British government department responsible for developing and executing the government's public finance policy and economic policy. The Treasury maintains the Online System for Central Accounting and Reporting (OSCAR), the replacement for the Combined Online Information System (COINS), which itemises departmental spending under thousands of category headings, and from which the Whole of Government Accounts (WGA) annual financial statements are produced.

Cabinet of the United Kingdom Decision-making body of the UK government

The Cabinet of the United Kingdom is the collective decision-making body of Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom, composed of the Prime Minister and 21 cabinet ministers, the most senior of the government ministers.

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The chancellor is responsible for all economic and financial matters, equivalent to the role of finance minister in other nations. The position is considered one of the four Great Offices of State, and in recent times has come to be the most powerful office in British politics after the prime minister.

Finance minister position in the government responsible for economic and financial policies

A finance minister is an executive or cabinet position in charge of one or more of government finances, economic policy and financial regulation. It may also be a junior minister in the finance department, the British Treasury, for example has four junior ministers.

Great Offices of State

The Great Offices of State in the United Kingdom are the four most senior and prestigious posts in the British government. They are the Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary. According to convention, when the Prime Minister names his or her Cabinet, either after a general election or a mid-term reshuffle, the first Cabinet ministers to be announced are the Chancellor, the Foreign Secretary and the Home Secretary.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Head of UK Government

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is the head of government of the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister directs both the executive and the legislature, and together with their Cabinet are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the Monarch, to Parliament, to their political party and ultimately to the electorate. The office of Prime Minister is one of the Great Offices of State. The current holder of the office, Theresa May, leader of the Conservative Party, was appointed by the Queen on 13 July 2016.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is now always Second Lord of the Treasury as one of the Lords Commissioners for executing the office of Lord High Treasurer. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, it was common for the prime minister also to serve as Chancellor of the Exchequer if he sat in the Commons; the last chancellor who was simultaneously prime minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer was Stanley Baldwin in 1923. Formerly, in cases when the chancellorship was vacant, the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench would act as Chancellor pro tempore. [2] The last Lord Chief Justice to serve in this way was Lord Denman in 1834.

Lords Commissioners in the Parliament of the United Kingdom

The Lords Commissioners are Privy Counsellors appointed by the Monarch of the United Kingdom to exercise, on his or her behalf, certain functions relating to Parliament which would otherwise require the monarch's attendance at the Palace of Westminster. These include the opening and prorogation of Parliament, the confirmation of a newly elected Speaker of the House of Commons and the granting of Royal Assent. The Lords Commissioners are collectively known as the Royal Commission. The Royal Commission includes at least three—and usually five—Lords Commissioners. In current practice, the Lords Commissioners usually include the Lord Chancellor, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the leaders of the three major parties in the House of Lords, the convenor of the House of Lords Crossbenchers and the Lord Speaker.

Lord High Treasurer English government position

The post of Lord High Treasurer or Lord Treasurer was an English government position and has been a British government position since the Acts of Union of 1707. A holder of the post would be the third-highest-ranked Great Officer of State, below the Lord High Steward and the Lord High Chancellor.

Stanley Baldwin Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, was a British Conservative Party statesman who dominated the government of the United Kingdom between the world wars, serving as Prime Minister on three occasions.

The chancellor is the third-oldest major state office in English and British history; it originally carried responsibility for the Exchequer, the medieval English institution for the collection and auditing of royal revenues which dates from the Anglo-Saxon period [3] and survived the Norman conquest of England. [4] :149 The earliest surviving records which are the results of the exchequer's audit, date from 1129–30 under King Henry I and show continuity from previous years. [5] The chancellor controlled monetary policy as well as fiscal policy until 1997, when the Bank of England was granted independent control of its interest rates. The chancellor also has oversight of public spending across Government departments.

History of England Wikimedia history article

England became inhabited more than 800,000 years ago, as the discovery of stone tools and footprints at Happisburgh in Norfolk has revealed. The earliest evidence for early modern humans in North West Europe, a jawbone discovered in Devon at Kents Cavern in 1927, was re-dated in 2011 to between 41,000 and 44,000 years old. Continuous human habitation in England dates to around 13,000 years ago, at the end of the last glacial period. The region has numerous remains from the Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Bronze Age, such as Stonehenge and Avebury. In the Iron Age, England, like all of Britain south of the Firth of Forth, was inhabited by the Celtic people known as the Britons, including some Belgic tribes in the south east. In AD 43 the Roman conquest of Britain began; the Romans maintained control of their province of Britannia until the early 5th century.

History of the United Kingdom History of the sovereign state of the United Kingdom

The Act of Union 1800 added the Kingdom of Ireland to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Exchequer

In the civil service of the United Kingdom, Her Majesty’s Exchequer, or just the Exchequer, is the accounting process of central government and the government's current account i.e. money held from taxation and other government revenues in the Consolidated Fund. It can be found used in various financial documents including the latest departmental and agency annual accounts.

Second Lord of the Treasury

The holder of the office of Chancellor of the Exchequer is ex officio Second Lord of the Treasury as a member of the commission exercising the ancient office of Lord High Treasurer. [6] As the Second Lord, his official residence is 11 Downing Street in London, next door to the residence of the First Lord of the Treasury (a title that has for many years been held by the prime minister), who resides in 10 Downing Street. While in the past both houses were private residences, today they serve as interlinked offices, with the occupant living in an apartment made from attic rooms previously resided in by servants.

In the United Kingdom there are at least six Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, serving as a commission for the ancient office of Lord High Treasurer. The board consists of the First Lord of the Treasury, the Second Lord of the Treasury, and four or more junior lords to whom this title is usually applied.

11 Downing Street Grade I listed house in City of Westminster, United Kingdom

11 Downing Street is the official residence of Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer. The residence, in Downing Street in London, was built alongside the official residence of the Prime Minister at Number 10 in 1682.

First Lord of the Treasury head of the commission exercising the ancient office of Lord High Treasurer in the United Kingdom

The First Lord of the Treasury is the head of the commission exercising the ancient office of Lord High Treasurer in the United Kingdom, and is by convention also the Prime Minister. This office is not equivalent to the usual position of the "Treasurer" in other governments; the closer equivalent of a Treasurer in the United Kingdom is Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is the Second Lord of the Treasury.

Since 1827, the chancellor has always simultaneously held the office of Second Lord of the Treasury when that person has not also been the prime minister.

Roles and responsibilities

A previous chancellor, Robert Lowe, described the office in the following terms in the House of Commons, on 11 April 1870: "The Chancellor of the Exchequer is a man whose duties make him more or less of a taxing machine. He is entrusted with a certain amount of misery which it is his duty to distribute as fairly as he can."

Robert Lowe British statesman and colonial Australian politician

Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke, GCB, PC, British statesman, was a pivotal but often forgotten figure who shaped British politics in the latter half of the 19th century. He held office under William Ewart Gladstone as Chancellor of the Exchequer between 1868 and 1873 and as Home Secretary between 1873 and 1874. Lowe is remembered for his work in education policy, his opposition to electoral reform and his contribution to modern UK company law. Gladstone appointed Lowe as Chancellor expecting him to hold down public spending. Public spending rose, and Gladstone pronounced Lowe "wretchedly deficient"; most historians agree. Lowe repeatedly underestimated the revenue, enabling him to resist demands for tax cuts and to reduce the national debt instead. He insisted that the tax system be fair to all classes. By his own main criterion of fairness – that the balance between direct and indirect taxation remain unchanged – he succeeded. However historians do not believe this balance is a good measure of class incidence and was by that time thoroughly archaic.

Fiscal policy

The chancellor has considerable control over other departments as it is the Treasury which sets Departmental Expenditure Limits. The amount of power this gives to an individual chancellor depends on his personal forcefulness, his status within his party and his relationship with the prime minister. Gordon Brown, who became chancellor when Labour came into Government in 1997, had a large personal power base in the party. Perhaps as a result, Tony Blair chose to keep him in the same position throughout his ten years as prime minister; making Brown an unusually dominant figure and the longest-serving chancellor since the Reform Act of 1832. [7] This has strengthened a pre-existing trend towards the Chancellor occupying a clear second position among government ministers, elevated above his traditional peers, the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary.

One part of the Chancellor's key roles involves the framing of the annual year budget. As of 2017, the first is the Autumn Budget, also known as Budget Day which forecasts government spending in the next financial year and also announces new financial measures. The second is a Spring Statement, also known as a "mini-Budget". Britain's tax year has retained the old Julian end of year: 24 March (Old Style) / 5 April (New Style, i.e. Gregorian). From 1993, the Budget was in spring, preceded by an annual autumn statement. This was then called Pre-Budget Report. The Autumn Statement usually took place in November or December. The 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2016 budgets were all delivered on a Wednesday, summarised in a speech to the House of Commons.

The budget is a state secret until the chancellor reveals it in his speech to Parliament. Hugh Dalton, on his way to giving the budget speech in 1947, inadvertently blurted out key details to a newspaper reporter, and they appeared in print before he made his speech. Dalton was forced to resign. [8]

Monetary policy

Although the Bank of England is responsible for setting interest rates, the chancellor also plays an important part in the monetary policy structure. He sets the inflation target which the Bank must set interest rates to meet. Under the Bank of England Act 1998 the chancellor has the power of appointment of four out of nine members of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee – the so-called 'external' members. He also has a high level of influence over the appointment of the Bank's Governor and Deputy Governors, and has the right of consultation over the appointment of the two remaining MPC members from within the Bank. [9] The Act also provides that the Government has the power to give instructions to the Bank on interest rates for a limited period in extreme circumstances. This power has never been officially used.

Ministerial arrangements

At HM Treasury the chancellor is supported by a political team of four junior ministers and by permanent civil servants. The most important junior minister is the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, a member of the Cabinet, to whom the negotiations with other government departments on the details of government spending are delegated, followed by the Paymaster General, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Whilst not continuously in use, there can also be appointed a Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and an Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. Two other officials are given the title of a Secretary to the Treasury, although neither is a government minister in the Treasury: the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury is the Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons; the Permanent Secretary to the Treasury is not a minister but the senior civil servant in the Treasury.

The chancellor is obliged to be a member of the Privy Council, and thus is styled the Right Honourable (Rt. Hon.). Because the House of Lords is excluded from financial matters by tradition confirmed by the Parliament Acts, the office is effectively limited to members of the House of Commons; apart from these occasions (see above) when the Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench has acted as interim Chancellor the last peer to hold the office was Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington (at that time only a Baron, Lord Delamer) from 9 April 1689 to 18 March 1690. The chancellor holds the formerly independent office of Master of the Mint as a subsidiary office. [10]

Perquisites of the office

Official residence

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has no official London residence as such but since 1828 in his role as Second Lord of the Treasury he lives in the Second Lord's official residence, No. 11 Downing Street. [11] In 1997, the then First and Second Lords, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown respectively, swapped apartments, as the Chancellor's apartment in No. 11 was bigger and thus better suited to the needs of Blair (who had children living with him, including one born during his tenure) than Brown who was at that stage unmarried.

Dorneywood

Dorneywood is the summer residence that is traditionally made available to the chancellor, though it is the prime minister who ultimately decides who may use it. Gordon Brown, on becoming chancellor in 1997, refused to use it and the house, which is set in 215 acres (87 ha) [12] of parkland, was allocated to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. It reverted to the chancellor in 2007, then Alistair Darling. [13]

Budget box

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Budget box or Gladstone box, c. 1860

The chancellor traditionally carries his Budget speech to the House of Commons in a particular red Despatch Box. The Chancellor's red briefcase is identical to the briefcases used by all other government ministers (known as ministerial boxes or "Despatch Boxes") to transport their official papers but is better known because the chancellor traditionally displays the briefcase, containing the Budget speech, to the press in the morning before delivering the speech.

The original Budget briefcase was first used by William Ewart Gladstone in 1853 and continued in use until 1965 when James Callaghan was the first chancellor to break with tradition when he used a newer box. Prior to Gladstone, a generic red Despatch Box of varying design and specification was used. The practice is said to have begun in the late 16th century, when Queen Elizabeth I's representative Francis Throckmorton presented the Spanish Ambassador, Bernardino de Mendoza, with a specially constructed red briefcase filled with black puddings.[ citation needed ]

In July 1997, Gordon Brown became the second chancellor to use a new box for the Budget. Made by industrial trainees at Babcock Rosyth Defence Ltd ship and submarine dockyard in Fife, the new box is made of yellow pine, with a brass handle and lock, covered in scarlet leather and embossed with the Royal cypher and crest and the Chancellor's title. In his first Budget, in March 2008, Alistair Darling reverted to using the original budget briefcase and his successor, George Osborne, continued this tradition for his first budget, before announcing that it would be retired due to its fragile condition. [14] The key to the original budget box has been lost. [15]

Budget tipple

By tradition, the chancellor has been allowed to drink whatever he or she wishes while making the annual Budget Speech to parliament. This includes alcohol, which is otherwise banned under parliamentary rules.

Previous chancellors have opted for whisky (Kenneth Clarke), gin and tonic (Geoffrey Howe), brandy and water (Benjamin Disraeli and John Major), spritzer (Nigel Lawson) and sherry and beaten egg (William Gladstone). [16]

The recent chancellors, George Osborne, Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown, [17] opted for water. In fact Darling drank what was named "Standard Water" in reference to, and support of, the London Evening Standard newspaper's campaign to have plain tap water available in restaurants at no charge to customers. [18]

Robe of office

The chancellor has a robe of office, [19] similar to that of the Lord Chancellor (as seen in several of the portraits depicted below). In recent times, it has only regularly been worn at Coronations, but some chancellors (at least until the 1990s) have also worn it when attending the Trial of the Pyx as Master of the Mint. According to George Osborne, the robe (dating from Gladstone's time in office, and worn by the likes of Lloyd George and Churchill) [20] 'went missing' during Gordon Brown's time as chancellor. [21]

List of Chancellors of the Exchequer

Chancellors of the Exchequer of England (c. 1221 – c. 1558)

Chancellor of the Exchequer of England
PortraitNameTerm of officeMonarch
(Reign)
No image.svg Eustace of Fauconberg
Bishop of London
(died 1228)
c.1221N/A Henry III
Coat of Arms of England (-1340).svg
(1216–1272)
No image.svg John Maunsell
Secretary of State
(1190/95–1265)
c.1234N/A
Ralph de Leicester before 1248
Edward of Westminster 1248N/A
Albric de Fiscamp before 1263
No image.svg John Chishull
Lord Chancellor [1221 1]
(died 1280)
12631265
No image.svg Walter Giffard
Bishop of Bath and Wells
(c.1225 1279)
12651266
No image.svg Godfrey Giffard
Lord Chancellor
(c.1235 1302)
12661268
No image.svg John Chishull
Lord Chancellor
(died 1280)
12681269
No image.svg Richard of Middleton
Archdeacon of Northumberland
(died 1272)
12691272
Roger de la Leye before 1283
Geoffrey de Neuband Edward I
Coat of Arms of England (-1340).svg
(1272–1307)
Philip de Willoughby 12831305
No image.svg Sir John Benstead
KB

Secretary of State
(c.1275 1323/24)
13051306
No image.svg John Sandale
Bishop of Winchester
(died 1319)
c.July
1307
1308 Edward II
Coat of Arms of England (-1340).svg
(1307–1327)
John of Markenfield 13091312
No image.svg John Hotham
Bishop of Ely
(died 1337)
13121316
No image.svg Hervey de Stanton
(1260–1327)
1316c.1323
No image.svg Walter de Stapledon
Lord High Treasurer
(1261–1326)
1323c.1324
No image.svg Hervey de Stanton
Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
(1260–1327)
1324c.January
1327
No image.svg Adam de Harvington
(c.1270 – c.1345)
c.January
1327
1330 Edward III
Coat of Arms of Edward III of England (1327-1377) (Attributed).svg
(1327–1377)
[1221 2]
No image.svg Robert Wodehouse
(died 1346)
13301331
No image.svg Robert de Stratford
Bishop of Chichester
(c.1292 1362)
13311334
John Hildesle c.1338N/A
William de Everdon 1341N/A
William Askeby
Archdeacon of Northampton
1363N/A
No image.svg Sir Robert de Ashton
(died 1385)
1375c.June
1377
Sir Walter Barnham c.June
1377
c.September
1399
Richard II
Coat of Arms of Richard II of England (1377-1399).svg
(1377–1399)
No image.svg Henry Somer
MP for Middlesex
(c.1370 1450)
14101437 Henry IV
Coat of Arms of Henry IV of England (1399-1413).svg
(1399–1413)
Henry V
Coat of Arms of Henry IV & V of England (1413-1422).svg
(1413–1422)
Henry VI
Coat of Arms of Henry VI of England (1422-1471).svg
(1422–1461)
[1221 3]
No image.svg John Somerset
(died 1454)
14411447
No image.svg Sir Thomas Browne
MP for Dover
(1402–1460)
1440?1450?
No image.svg Thomas Witham
(c.1420 1489)
1454N/A
No image.svg Thomas Thwaites
(c.1435–1503)
c.March
1461
N/A Edward IV
Coat of Arms of Edward IV of England (1461-1483).svg
(1461–1470)
No image.svg Thomas Witham
(c.1420 1489)
14651469
Sir Richard Fowler
(c.1425 1477)
1469c.April
1471
Henry VI
Coat of Arms of Henry VI of England (1422-1471).svg
(1470–1471)
No image.svg Thomas Thwaites
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
(c.1435–1503)
c.April
1471
c.April
1483
Edward IV
Coat of Arms of Edward IV of England (1461-1483).svg
(1471–1483)
No image.svg Sir William Catesby
Speaker of the House of Commons
(1450–1485)
c.April
1483
c.1484 Edward V
Coat of Arms of Edward V of England (1483).svg
(1483)
[1221 4]
Richard III
Coat of Arms of Richard III of England (1483-1485).svg
(1483–1485)
No image.svg Sir Thomas Lovell
Speaker of the House of Commons [1221 5]
(died 1524)
c.August
1485
1524 Henry VII
Coat of Arms of Henry VII of England (1485-1509).svg
(1485–1509)
Henry VIII
Coat of Arms of England (1509-1554).svg
(1509–1547)
[1221 6]
John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners by Ambrosius Benson.jpg John Bourchier
2nd Baron Berners
PC

(1467–1533)
15241533?
Cromwell,Thomas(1EEssex)01.jpg Thomas Cromwell
1st Earl of Essex
KGPC

Secretary of State
(c.1485 1540)
12 April
1533
10 June
1540
Sir John Baker
MP for Kent
(1488–1558)
1545c.November
1558
SirJohnBaker.jpg
Edward VI
Coat of Arms of England (1509-1554).svg
(1547–1553)
[1221 7]
Mary I
Coat of Arms of England (1554-1558).svg
(1553–1558)
^† Died in office.
  1. Served until 1264.
  2. Lord Lancaster served as Regent of England during the minority of Edward III.
  3. The Regency government led by the Regency Council governed England during the minority of Henry VI.
  4. The Duke of Gloucester served as Regent of England during the reign of Edward V.
  5. Served until 1488.
  6. Margaret Beaufort served as Regent of England during the minority of Henry VIII.
  7. The Duke of Somerset and Duke of Northumberland served as Regent of England respectively during the reign of Edward VI.

Chancellor of the Exchequer of England (c. 1558 – 1708)

Chancellor of the Exchequer of England [22]
PortraitName [lower-alpha 2]
(Birth–Death)
Term of officeMonarch
(Reign)
Ref.
No image.svg Sir Richard Sackville
MP for Sussex
(c.1507 1566)
February
1559
21 April
1566
Elizabeth I
Coat of Arms of England (1558-1603).svg
(1558–1603)
[22]
Walter Mildmay.jpg Sir Walter Mildmay
MP for Northamptonshire
(c.1523 1589)
156631 May
1589
[22]
Sir John Fortescue by Sidney Hunt.jpg Sir John Fortescue
(c.1531 1607)
15891603 [22]
James I
Coat of Arms of England (1603-1649).svg
(1603–1625)
George Home 1st Earl of Dunbar.jpg The Right Honourable
George Home
1st Earl of Dunbar
PC

(c.1556 1611)
24 May
1603
April
1606
[22]
Unknown man, formerly known as Sir Julius Caesar from NPG.jpg Sir Julius Caesar
MP for Middlesex
(1557/1558–1636)
11 April
1606
1614 [22]
Fulkegrevillee.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Fulke Greville
KB

MP for Warwickshire [1558 3]
(1554–1628)
15 October
1614
1621 [22]
RichardWeston.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Richard Weston
KG

MP for 4 constituencies respectively
(1577 c.1634)
29 January
1621
15 July
1628
[22]
Charles I
Coat of Arms of England (1603-1649).svg
(1625–1649)
No image.svg The Right Honourable
Edward Barrett
1st Lord Barrett of Newburgh
PC

(1581 c.1645)
14 August
1628
1629 [22]
Francis Cottington, 1st Baron Cottington from NPG.jpg The Right Honourable
Francis Cottington
1st Baron Cottington
PC

(c.1579 1652)
18 April
1629
6 January
1642
[22]
1stLordColepeper.jpg Sir John Colepeper
MP for Kent
(c.1600 1660)
6 January
1642
22 February
1643
[22]
WH 1st Earl of Clarendon.png The Right Honourable
Sir Edward Hyde

(1609–1674)
February
1643
1646 [22]
Vacancy during the Interregnum (1649–1660)
PortraitName [lower-alpha 2]
(Birth–Death)
Term of officeMinistryMonarch
(Reign)
Ref.
WH 1st Earl of Clarendon.png The Right Honourable
Edward Hyde
1st Baron Hyde
KtPC

(16091674)
166013 May
1661
Clarendon Charles II
Coat of Arms of England (1660-1689).svg
(1660–1685)
[22]
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury.jpg The Right Honourable
Anthony Ashley Cooper
1st Baron Ashley
PC

(1621–1683)
13 May
1661
22 November
1672
[22]
Cabal
No image.svg Sir John Duncombe
MP for Bury St Edmunds
(1622–1687)
22 November
1672
2 May
1676
[22]
Danby I
Sir John Ernle
MP for 4 constituencies respectively
(1620–1697)
2 May
1676
9 April
1689
[22]
Privy Council
Chits
James II
Coat of Arms of England (1660-1689).svg
(1685–1688)
William III
&
Mary II
Coat of Arms of England (1689-1694).svg
(1689–1694)
Henrybooth.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Booth
2nd Baron Delamer
PC

(1652–1694)
9 April
1689
18 March
1690
CarmarthenHalifax [22]
No image.svg Richard Hampden
MP for Buckinghamshire
(c.1631 1695)
18 March
1690
10 May
1694
Carmarthen [22]
Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Montagu
FRS

(1661–1715)
10 May
1694
31 May
1699
Whig Junto I [22]
William III
Coat of Arms of England (1694-1702).svg
(1694–1702)
JohnSmithSpeaker.jpg Sir John Smith
MP for Andover
(1655/56–1723)
31 May
1699
23 March
1701
Pembroke [22]
Henry Boyle
(1669–1725)
27 March
1701
22 April
1708
[22]
Henry Boyle Lord Carleton by Godfrey Kneller.jpg Godolphin–Marlborough
( ToryWhig )
Anne
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1707-1714).svg
(1702–1714)
  1. Served until 1589 during the 9th Parliament of Queen Elizabeth I.
  2. Served from 1601 prior to the Golden Speech.
  3. Served during the 3rd Parliament of King James I in 1621.
  4. Elected to a new constituency in the 1695 general election.
  5. Elected to a new constituency in the 1705 general election.

Chancellors of the Exchequer of Great Britain (1708–1817)

Chancellor of the Exchequer of Great Britain [22]
PortraitName [lower-alpha 2]
(Birth–Death)
Term of officePartyMinistryMonarch
(Reign)
Ref.
JohnSmithSpeaker.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir John Smith

MP for Andover
(1655/56–1723)
22 April
1708
11 August
1710
Whig Godolphin–Marlborough
( ToryWhig )
Anne
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1707-1714).svg
(1702–1714)
[22]
Robert Harley Chancellor of the Exchequer by Kneller.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Harley

MP for Radnor
(1661–1724)
11 August
1710
4 June
1711
Tory Oxford–Bolingbroke [22]
Bingley.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Benson

MP for York
(c.1676 1731)
4 June
1711
21 August
1713
Tory [22]
Sir William Wyndham, 3rd Bt by Jonathan Richardson.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir William Wyndham
Bt

MP for Somerset
(c.1688 1740)
21 August
1713
13 October
1714
Tory [22]
George I
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg
(1714–1727)
[1708 1]
1stLordOnslow.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Richard Onslow
Bt

MP for Surrey
(1654–1717)
13 October
1714
12 October
1715
Whig Townshend I [22]
Robertwalpole cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Walpole

MP for King's Lynn
(1676–1745)
12 October
1715
15 April
1717
Whig [22]
James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.jpg The Right Honourable
James Stanhope
1st Earl Stanhope
PC

(c.1673 1721)
15 April
1717
20 March
1718
Whig Stanhope–Sunderland I [22]
JohnAislabie.jpg The Right Honourable
John Aislabie

MP for Ripon
(1670–1742)
20 March
1718
23 January
1721
Whig Stanhope–Sunderland II [22]
Sir John Pratt by Michael Dahl.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir John Pratt

Lord Chief Justice
(1657–1725) (interim)
2 February
1721
3 April
1721
Whig [22]
Robertwalpole cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Walpole
1st Earl of Orford
KGKBPC

MP for King's Lynn [1708 2]
(16761745)
3 April
1721
12 February
1742
Whig WalpoleTownshend [22]
George II
Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1714-1801).svg
(1727–1760)
Walpole
1stLordSandys.jpg The Right Honourable
Samuel Sandys

MP for Worcester
(1695–1770)
12 February
1742
12 December
1743
Whig Carteret [22]
Henry Pelham by William Hoare.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Pelham
FRS

MP for Sussex
(1694–1754)
12 December
1743
8 March
1754
Whig [22]
Broad Bottom
(I & II)
Sir William Lee by C.F. Barker cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir William Lee

Lord Chief Justice
(1688–1754) (interim)
8 March
1754
6 April
1754
Whig Newcastle I [22]
HenryBilsonLegge.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Bilson-Legge
FRS

MP for Orford
(1708–1764)
6 April
1754
25 November
1755
Whig [22]
Lyttlelton.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir George Lyttelton
Bt

MP for Okehampton
(1709–1773)
25 November
1755
16 November
1756
Whig [22]
HenryBilsonLegge.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Bilson-Legge

MP for Orford
(1708–1764)
16 November
1756
13 April
1757
Whig Pitt–Devonshire [22]
William Murray, Earl of Mansfield LCJ.jpg The Right Honourable
William Murray
1st Earl of Mansfield
PCSL

Lord Chief Justice
(17051793) (interim)
13 April
1757
2 July
1757
Whig [22]
1757 Caretaker
HenryBilsonLegge.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Bilson-Legge

(1708–1764)
2 July
1757
19 March
1761
Whig PittNewcastle [22]
George III
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1801-1816).svg
(1760–1820)
[1708 4]
2ndViscountBarrington.jpg The Right Honourable
William Barrington
2nd Viscount Barrington
PC

MP for Plymouth
(1717–1793)
19 March
1761
29 May
1762
Whig [22]
Francis Baron le Despencer by Nathaniel Dance-Holland.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Francis Dashwood
BtFRS

MP for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis
(17081781)
29 May
1762
16 April
1763
Tory Bute
( ToryWhig )
[22]
George Grenville (1712-1770) by William Hoare (1707-1792) Cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
George Grenville

MP for Buckingham
(1712–1770)
16 April
1763
16 July
1765
Whig Grenville
( WhigTory )
[22]
No image.svg The Right Honourable
William Dowdeswell

MP for Worcestershire
(1721–1775)
16 July
1765
2 August
1766
Whig Rockingham I [22]
Charles Townshend after Reynolds.jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Townshend

MP for Harwich
(1725–1767)
2 August
1766
4 September
1767
Whig Chatham
( WhigTory )
[22]
Nathaniel Dance Lord North cropped cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Frederick North
Lord North
KG

MP for Banbury
(1732–1792)
11 September
1767
27 March
1782
Tory [22]
Grafton
North
Lord John Cavendish by GD Tomlinson.jpg The Right Honourable
Lord John Cavendish

MP for York
(1732–1796)
27 March
1782
10 July
1782
Whig Rockingham II [22]
William Pitt the Younger.jpg The Right Honourable
William Pitt the Younger

MP for Appleby
(1759–1806)
10 July
1782
31 March
1783
Whig Shelburne
( WhigTory )
[22]
Lord John Cavendish by GD Tomlinson.jpg The Right Honourable
Lord John Cavendish

MP for York
(1732–1796)
2 April
1783
19 December
1783
Whig Fox–North [22]
William Pitt the Younger.jpg The Right Honourable
William Pitt the Younger

(1759–1806)
19 December
1783
14 March
1801
Tory Pitt I [22]
Henry Addington by Beechey.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Addington

MP for Devizes
(1757–1844)
14 March
1801
10 May
1804
Tory Addington [22]
William Pitt the Younger.jpg The Right Honourable
William Pitt the Younger

MP for Cambridge University
(1759–1806)
10 May
1804
23 January
1806
Tory Pitt II [22]
Lord-ellenborough.jpg The Right Honourable
Edward Law
1st Baron Ellenborough
PCKCFSA

Lord Chief Justice
(17501818) (interim)
23 January
1806
5 February
1806
Tory All the Talents
( WhigTory )
[22]
Lord Henry Petty.jpg The Right Honourable
Lord Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice

MP for Cambridge University
(1780–1863)
5 February
1806
26 March
1807
Whig [22]
Spencer PercevalCE.jpg The Right Honourable
Spencer Perceval
KC

MP for Northampton
(1762–1812)
26 March
1807
11 May
1812
Tory Portland II [22]
Perceval
Nicholas Vansittart by William Owen.jpg The Right Honourable
Nicholas Vansittart

(1766–1851)
9 June
1812
12 July
1817
Tory Liverpool [23]
  1. Lord Parker served as Regent of Great Britain from 1 August to 18 September 1714.
  2. Elevated to the Peerage of Great Britain on 6 February 1742.
  3. Elected to a new constituency in the Hampshire by-election.
  4. The Prince of Wales served as Prince Regent from 5 February 1811.
  5. Elected to a new constituency in the 1784 general election.
  6. Elected to a new constituency in the 1812 general election.

Chancellors of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom (1817–present)

Although the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland had been united by the Acts of Union 1800 (39 & 40 Geo. III c. 67), the Exchequers of the two Kingdoms were not consolidated until 1817 under 56 Geo. III c. 98. [24] [25] For the holders of the Irish office before this date, see Chancellor of the Exchequer of Ireland.

Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom [22]
PortraitName [lower-alpha 2]
(Birth–Death)
Term of officePartyMinistryMonarch
(Reign)
Ref.
Nicholas Vansittart by William Owen.jpg The Right Honourable
Nicholas Vansittart
FRS

MP for Harwich
(1766–1851)
12 July
1817
31 January
1823
Tory Liverpool George III
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1801-1816).svg
(1760–1820)
[1817 1]
[22]
George IV
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1816-1837).svg
(1820–1830)
Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon by Sir Thomas Lawrence cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Frederick John Robinson

MP for Ripon
(1782–1859)
31 January
1823
27 April
1827
Tory [26]
George Canning by Richard Evans - detail.jpg The Right Honourable
George Canning
FRS

MP for Seaford
(1770–1827)
27 April
1827
8 August
1827
Tory Canning
( CanningiteWhig )
[27]
Lord Tenterden LCJ by William Owen.jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Abbott
1st Baron Tenterden
PCSL

Lord Chief Justice
(17621832) (interim)
8 August
1827
5 September
1827
Tory Goderich N/A
John Charles Herries.jpg The Right Honourable
John Charles Herries

MP for Harwich
(1778–1855)
5 September
1827
26 January
1828
Tory [28]
HenryGoulburn.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Goulburn
FRS

MP for Armagh
(1784–1856)
26 January
1828
22 November
1830
Tory WellingtonPeel [22]
William IV
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1816-1837).svg
(1830–1837)
JC Spencer, Viscount Althorp by HP Bone cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
John Spencer
Viscount Althorp
DLFRS

(17821845)
22 November
1830
14 November
1834
Whig Grey [22]
Melbourne I
Thomas Denman, 1st Baron Denman by Sir Martin Archer Shee crop.jpg The Right Honourable
Thomas Denman
1st Baron Denman
PC

Lord Chief Justice
(1779–1854) (interim)
14 November
1834
15 December
1834
Whig Wellington Caretaker N/A
Robert Peel by RR Scanlan detail.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Robert Peel
BtFRS

MP for Tamworth
(17881850)
15 December
1834
8 April
1835
Conservative Peel I [22]
1stBaronMonteagle.jpg The Right Honourable
Thomas Spring Rice

MP for Cambridge
(1790–1866)
18 April
1835
26 August
1839
Whig Melbourne II [22]
Victoria
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1837–1901)
Francis Baring, 1st Baron Northbrook by Sir George Hayter.jpg The Right Honourable
Francis Baring

MP for Portsmouth
(1796–1866)
26 August
1839
30 August
1841
Whig [22]
HenryGoulburn.jpg The Right Honourable
Henry Goulburn
FRS

MP for Cambridge University
(1784–1856)
3 September
1841
27 June
1846
Conservative Peel II [22]
1stViscountHalifax.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Charles Wood
Bt

MP for Halifax
(1800–1885)
6 July
1846
21 February
1852
Whig Russell I [22]
Disraeli.jpg The Right Honourable
Benjamin Disraeli

MP for Buckinghamshire
(1804–1881)
27 February
1852
17 December
1852
Conservative Who? Who? [22]
WE Gladstone robed NPG.jpg The Right Honourable
William Ewart Gladstone

MP for Oxford University
(1809–1898)
28 December
1852
28 February
1855
Peelite Aberdeen
( PeeliteWhig )
[22]
Sir George Cornewall Lewis, 2nd Bt.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir George Cornewall Lewis
Bt

MP for Radnor
(1806–1863)
28 February
1855
21 February
1858
Whig Palmerston I [22]
Disraeli.jpg The Right Honourable
Benjamin Disraeli

MP for Buckinghamshire
(1804–1881)
26 February
1858
11 June
1859
Conservative DerbyDisraeli II [22]
WE Gladstone robed NPG.jpg The Right Honourable
William Ewart Gladstone

18 June
1859
26 June
1866
Liberal Palmerston II [22]
Russell II
Disraeli.jpg The Right Honourable
Benjamin Disraeli

MP for Buckinghamshire
(1804–1881)
6 July
1866
29 February
1868
Conservative DerbyDisraeli III [22]
George Ward Hunt (30 July 1825 - 29 July 1877) .jpg The Right Honourable
George Ward Hunt

MP for North Northamptonshire
(1825–1877)
29 February
1868
1 December
1868
Conservative [22]
Robert Lowe, 1st Viscount Sherbrooke by George Frederic Watts.jpg The Right Honourable
Robert Lowe

MP for London University
(1811–1892)
9 December
1868
11 August
1873
Liberal Gladstone I [22]
WE Gladstone robed NPG.jpg The Right Honourable
William Ewart Gladstone

MP for Greenwich
(1809–1898)
11 August
1873
17 February
1874
Liberal [22]
Stafford Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Stafford Northcote
BtGCBFRS

MP for North Devonshire
(18181887)
21 February
1874
21 April
1880
Conservative Disraeli II [22]
WE Gladstone robed NPG.jpg The Right Honourable
William Ewart Gladstone

MP for Midlothian
(1809–1898)
28 April
1880
16 December
1882
Liberal Gladstone II [22]
Hugh Childers, Lock & Whitfield woodburytype, 1876-83 crop.jpg The Right Honourable
Hugh Childers

MP for Pontefract
(1827–1896)
16 December
1882
9 June
1885
Liberal [22]
St Aldwyn Michael Edward Hicks-Beach (1st Earl).jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Michael Hicks Beach
BtDL

MP for Bristol West
(18371916)
24 June
1885
28 January
1886
Conservative Salisbury I [22]
Sir William Harcourt.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir William Harcourt
QC

MP for Derby
(1827–1904)
6 February
1886
20 July
1886
Liberal Gladstone III [22]
Randolph churchill.jpg The Right Honourable
Lord Randolph Churchill

MP for Paddington South
(1849–1895)
3 August
1886
22 December
1886
Conservative Salisbury II [22]
George Goschen by Bassano.jpg The Right Honourable
George Goschen
DL

MP for St George Hanover Square
(1831–1907)
14 January
1887
11 August
1892
Liberal Unionist [22]
Sir William Harcourt.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir William Harcourt
QC

MP for Derby
(1827–1904)
18 August
1892
21 June
1895
Liberal Gladstone IV [22]
Rosebery
St Aldwyn Michael Edward Hicks-Beach (1st Earl).jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Michael Hicks Beach
BtDL

MP for Bristol West
(18371916)
29 June
1895
11 August
1902
Conservative Salisbury
(III & IV)

( Con.Lib.U. )
[22]
Edward VII
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1901–1910)
Charles Thomson Ritchie headshot.jpg The Right Honourable
Charles Ritchie

MP for Croydon
(1838–1906)
11 August
1902
9 October
1903
Conservative Balfour [22]
Laszlo - The Rt. Hon. Sir Austen Chamberlain.jpg The Right Honourable
Austen Chamberlain

MP for East Worcestershire
(1863–1937)
9 October
1903
4 December
1905
Liberal Unionist [22]
H H Asquith 1908.jpg The Right Honourable
H. H. Asquith
KC

MP for East Fife
(1852–1928)
10 December
1905
16 April
1908
Liberal Campbell-Bannerman [22]
David Lloyd George 1911.jpg The Right Honourable
David Lloyd George

MP for Caernarvon Boroughs
(1863–1945)
16 April
1908
25 May
1915
Liberal Asquith
(IIII)
[29]
George V
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1910–1936)
Reginald McKenna photo.jpg The Right Honourable
Reginald McKenna

MP for North Monmouthshire
(1863–1943)
25 May
1915
10 December
1916
Liberal Asquith Coalition
( Lib.Con.–et al.)
[22]
Andrew Bonar Law 02.jpg The Right Honourable
Bonar Law

(1858–1923)
10 December
1916
10 January
1919
Conservative Lloyd George
(I & II)
[22]
Laszlo - The Rt. Hon. Sir Austen Chamberlain.jpg The Right Honourable
Austen Chamberlain

MP for Birmingham West
(1863–1937)
10 January
1919
1 April
1921
Conservative [22]
Robert Horne cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Robert Horne
GBEKC

MP for Glasgow Hillhead
(18711940)
1 April
1921
19 October
1922
Conservative [22]
Stanley Baldwin ggbain.35233.jpg The Right Honourable
Stanley Baldwin
JP

MP for Bewdley
(1867–1947)
27 October
1922
27 August
1923
Conservative Law [22]
Baldwin I
Neville-Chamberlain.jpg The Right Honourable
Neville Chamberlain

MP for Birmingham Ladywood
(1869–1940)
27 August
1923
22 January
1924
Conservative [22]
Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden.jpg The Right Honourable
Philip Snowden

MP for Colne Valley
(1864–1937)
22 January
1924
3 November
1924
Labour MacDonald I [22]
Winston Churchill cph.3a49758.jpg The Right Honourable
Winston Churchill
CHTD

MP for Epping
(18741965)
6 November
1924
4 June
1929
Conservative Baldwin II [22]
Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden.jpg The Right Honourable
Philip Snowden

MP for Colne Valley
(1864–1937)
7 June
1929
5 November
1931
Labour MacDonald II [22]
National Labour National I
( N.Lab.Con.–et al.)
Neville-Chamberlain.jpg The Right Honourable
Neville Chamberlain
FRS

MP for Birmingham Edgbaston
(1869–1940)
5 November
1931
28 May
1937
Conservative National II [22]
National III
( Con.N.Lab.–et al.)
Edward VIII
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1936)
George VI
Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (1837-1952).svg
(1936–1952)
Portrait of John Simon, 1st Viscount Simon.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir John Simon
GCSIGCVOOBE

MP for Spen Valley
(18731954)
28 May
1937
12 May
1940
Liberal National National IV [22]
Chamberlain War
Kingsley Wood cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Kingsley Wood

MP for Woolwich West
(1881–1943)
12 May
1940
21 September
1943
Conservative Churchill War
(All parties)
[22]
John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley 1947.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir John Anderson
GCBGCSIGCIEPC (Ire)

MP for Combined Scottish Universities
(18821958)
24 September
1943
26 July
1945
Independent
(National)
[22]
Churchill Caretaker
( Con.Lib.N. )
Hugh Dalton HU 059487 crop.jpg The Right Honourable
Hugh Dalton

MP for Bishop Auckland
(1887–1962)
27 July
1945
13 November
1947
Labour Attlee
(I & II)
[22]
Stafford Cripps 1947.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Stafford Cripps
FRS

(1889–1952)
13 November
1947
19 October
1950
Labour [22]
GaitskellMP.jpg The Right Honourable
Hugh Gaitskell
CBE

MP for Leeds South
(1906–1963)
19 October
1950
26 October
1951
Labour [22]
Rab Butler.png The Right Honourable
Richard Austen Butler
CH

MP for Saffron Walden
(1902–1982)
26 October
1951
20 December
1955
Conservative Churchill III [22]
Elizabeth II
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom.svg
(1952–present)
Eden
Harold Macmillan in 1942.jpg The Right Honourable
Harold Macmillan

MP for Bromley
(1894–1986)
20 December
1955
13 January
1957
Conservative [22]
Peter Thornycroft.jpg The Right Honourable
Peter Thorneycroft

MP for Monmouth
(1909–1994)
13 January
1957
6 January
1958
Conservative Macmillan
(I & II)
[22]
Derick Heathcoat-Amory cropped.png The Right Honourable
Derick Heathcoat-Amory
TD

MP for Tiverton
(1899–1981)
6 January
1958
27 July
1960
Conservative [22]
Selwyn Lloyd cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Selwyn Lloyd
CBEQC

MP for Wirral
(19041978)
27 July
1960
13 July
1962
Conservative [22]
Reginald Maudling.jpg The Right Honourable
Reginald Maudling

MP for Barnet
(1917–1979)
16 July
1962
16 October
1964
Conservative [30]
Douglas-Home
James Callaghan and James Chichester-Clark 1970 (cropped).jpg The Right Honourable
James Callaghan

MP for Cardiff South East
(1912–2005)
17 October
1964
29 November
1967
Labour Wilson
(I & II)
[31]
Roy Jenkins 1977b.jpg The Right Honourable
Roy Jenkins

MP for Birmingham Stechford
(1920–2003)
29 November
1967
19 June
1970
Labour [32]
Iain Macleod crop.jpg The Right Honourable
Iain Macleod

MP for Enfield West
(1913–1970)
20 June
1970
20 July
1970
Conservative Heath [22]
No image.svg The Right Honourable
Anthony Barber
TD

MP for Altrincham and Sale
(1920–2005)
25 July
1970
4 March
1974
Conservative [22]
Denis Healey.jpg The Right Honourable
Denis Healey
MBE

MP for Leeds East
(1917–2015)
5 March
1974
4 May
1979
Labour Wilson
(III & IV)
[22]
Callaghan
Geoffrey Howe.jpg The Right Honourable
Sir Geoffrey Howe
QC

MP for East Surrey
(1926–2015)
4 May
1979
11 June
1983
Conservative Thatcher I [22]
Official portrait of Lord Lawson of Blaby crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Nigel Lawson

MP for Blaby
(born 1932)
11 June
1983
26 October
1989
Conservative Thatcher II [22]
Thatcher III
Major PM full.jpg The Right Honourable
John Major

MP for Huntingdon
(born 1943)
26 October
1989
28 November
1990
Conservative [22]
Official portrait of Lord Lamont of Lerwick crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Norman Lamont

MP for Kingston-upon-Thames
(born 1942)
28 November
1990
27 May
1993
Conservative Major I [22]
Major II
Ken Clarke 2010.jpg The Right Honourable
Kenneth Clarke
QC

MP for Rushcliffe
(born 1940)
27 May
1993
2 May
1997
Conservative [22]
Gordon Brown official.jpg The Right Honourable
Gordon Brown

2 May
1997
27 June
2007
Labour Blair
(I–III)
[22]
AlistairDarlingABr cropped.jpg The Right Honourable
Alistair Darling

MP for Edinburgh South West
(born 1953)
29 June
2007
11 May
2010
Labour Brown [33]
Osborne 2015.jpg The Right Honourable
George Osborne

MP for Tatton
(born 1971)
12 May
2010
13 July
2016
Conservative Cameron–Clegg
( Con.L.D. )
[34]
Cameron II
Official portrait of Mr Philip Hammond crop 2.jpg The Right Honourable
Philip Hammond

MP for Runnymede and Weybridge
(born 1955)
13 July
2016
Incumbent Conservative May I [35]
May II
  1. The Prince of Wales served as Prince Regent from 5 February 1811.
  2. Elected to a new constituency in the 1832 general election.
  3. Elected to a new constituency in the 1865 general election.
  4. Elected to a new constituency in the 1918 general election.
  5. Elected to a new constituency in the 1950 general election.
  6. Elected to a new constituency in the 2005 general election.

See also

Notes

  1. This is used in almost all cases, including formal uses, for example in Parliament where it is common to refer to the position as 'Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer'. An example use of the full title is on writs appointing people to offices in the Manor of Northstead or the Chiltern Hundreds.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Including honorifics and constituencies for elected MPs.

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Red box (government)

Red boxes or sometimes ministerial boxes, are a type of despatch boxes produced by Barrow & Gale and are used by ministers in the British government and the British monarch to carry government documents. Similar in appearance to a briefcase, they are primarily used to hold and transport official departmental papers from place to place. Red boxes are one modern form of despatch boxes, which have been in government use for centuries. Despatch boxes of a considerably different design remain in use in the lower house chamber of the British and Australian parliaments; these boxes hold religious books, but are also used as lecterns by front bench members.

Despatch box

A despatch box is one of several types of boxes used in government business. Despatch boxes primarily include both those sometimes known as red boxes or ministerial boxes, which are used by the Sovereign and her ministers in the British government to securely transport sensitive documents, and boxes used in the lower houses of the governments of the United Kingdom and Australia. The term was used as early as the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, referring to a box used to carry an important message for the Queen.

Blair ministry List of UK governments under Tony Blair

Tony Blair originally formed the Blair ministry in May 1997 after being invited by Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government following the resignation of the previous Prime Minister, John Major of the Conservative Party, as a result of the Labour Party's landslide victory at the 1997 general election. He would serve as the Prime Minister for three successive ministries and parliamentary terms until his resignation on 27 June 2007. His Cabinet was reshuffled for each new parliament along with a few minor changes during each term.

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