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Stephen Creswell Timms (born 29 July 1955, Oldham, Lancashire) is a politician in the United Kingdom and current Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He is Labour Party member of Parliament for East Ham, and was first elected in a by-election in 1994.

Timms was previously elected as a councillor on Newham Council in a by-election in 1984 and served as Leader of the Council from 1990 to 1994. He was a Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State for e-commerce and competitiveness, and has twice served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, from 1999 to 2001 and September 2004 to May 2005, moving to become Minister for Pensions following the 2005 general election. He was promoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, becoming a member of the Cabinet and a Privy Counsellor on 5 May 2006.

He describes himself as a "Christian Socialist".

He has been tipped as a likely candidate for Chancellor of the Exchequer in a Gordon Brown led government.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by:
Ron Leighton
Member of Parliament for Newham North East
19941997
Succeeded by:
constituency abolished
Preceded by:
new constituency
Member of Parliament for East Ham
1997 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by:
Barbara Roche
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
1999–2001
Succeeded by:
Paul Boateng
Preceded by:
Ruth Kelly
Financial Secretary to the Treasury
2004–2005
Succeeded by:
John Healey
Preceded by:
Des Browne
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
2006 – present
Incumbent


Stephen Timms

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