Fenland MP Steve Barclay gets Government job

General Election of the North East Cambs seat 'Steve Barclay (con) ANL-150805-130608009
General Election of the North East Cambs seat 'Steve Barclay (con) ANL-150805-130608009

Fenland MP Steve Barclay is celebrating after being granted a position in the Government.

Fresh from his General Election victory in North East Cambridgeshire elections, Mr Barclay has been appointed as Government Whip in David Cameron’s new administration.

Mr Barclay will be among those responsible for Commons business, with specific responsibilities relating to the Department of Business and Scotland.

With the arrival of 56 SNP MPs this is likely to put him at the centre of Parliamentary debate on the future of the UK.

Mr Barclay said: “It is a great honour to be asked to join the Government.

“The Whips Office plays a key role in Parliament, and even more so when the Government has a very small majority.

“It will be a steep learning curve but fascinating to be at the heart of discussions and government policy in the Commons.”

Mr Barclay was elected as MP for North East Cambridgeshire for the second time.

He beat off Andrew Charambous (UKIP), Lucy Nethsingha (Lib Dem), Ken Rustidge (Lab), and Helen Scott-Daniels (Green).

Mr Barclay increased his majority from the 2010 election. He polled 28,524 votes – 26,862 at his first election.

The turn-out for the election was 62.6 per cent and there were 226 spoilt papers.

Speaking after his win Mr Barclay said: “I am delighted to be elected, it is a huge honour to represent the people of North East Cambridgeshire. It is a proud moment.

“It is particularly pleasing to increase the majority and percentage of the vote.”

Votes in more than 100 ballot boxes were counted during a mammoth session at the Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech.