Definition of parliamentary private secretary in English:

parliamentary private secretary


  • (in the UK) a Member of Parliament assisting a government minister.

    • ‘Mr Stringer has put down an early day motion in the Commons with St Helens MP Dave Watts who used to be the parliamentary private secretary to transport minister John Spellar before the reshuffle.’
    • ‘He voted for Mr Benn as Labour leader in 1976 (Jim Callaghan won easily) and became his parliamentary private secretary when Mr Benn was a rebellious energy secretary.’
    • ‘Just a year later she was named as parliamentary private secretary to Nick Brown, the then minister for agriculture, fisheries and food.’
    • ‘His parliamentary private secretary was Albert Anderson, MP for Derry and one of the greatest advocates of strong action against the nationalists in the Bogside and Creggan.’
    • ‘He served as the Scottish Secretary's parliamentary private secretary in 1998-99.’
    • ‘In all, Blair could decide the appointment of some 114 government members, from the chancellor of the exchequer down to his own parliamentary private secretary.’
    • ‘He immediately became parliamentary private secretary to Ramsay MacDonald and was appointed under-secretary at the War Office in the short-lived Labour government of 1924.’
    • ‘Snow was knighted in 1957 and became a peer in 1964, when Harold Wilson became prime minister, and was appointed a parliamentary private secretary to Wilson's new Ministry of Technology.’
    • ‘A Prime Minister appoints over a hundred ministerial posts covering Cabinet, non-Cabinet, and junior ministers, and parliamentary private secretaries.’
    • ‘Ian Cawsey, parliamentary private secretary to School Standards Minister David Miliband, pledged to defend teachers from legal action in the wake of accidents on school visits.’
    • ‘There are currently 88 other junior ministers and parliamentary private secretaries working both in the Commons and the Lords.’
    • ‘Almost 200 MPs, including 18 parliamentary private secretaries, have indicated their support by signing a Commons motion stating that only a total ban on hunting will be acceptable to MPs and the public.’
    • ‘Invited to become parliamentary private secretary to Patrick Jenkin, he went to the chief whip and showed him a speech he had made at the Cambridge Union on gay rights.’
    • ‘Maybe now is the moment to kickstart a campaign for greater recognition/higher pay for parliamentary private secretaries - commensurate, of course, with new responsibilities undertaken for communicating with the e-masses.’
    • ‘As many as 10 parliamentary aides or parliamentary private secretaries are threatening to do likewise.’
    • ‘She became parliamentary private secretary to Margaret Beckett when Ms Beckett was deputy leader of the Labour party, and then became an opposition whip.’
    • ‘These unpaid parliamentary private secretaries would be a rank below both Cabinet and junior Ministers in Government.’
    • ‘As shadow frontbench spokesman on education, he has nearly surpassed them all: even the great Sir William Mount, 1st baronet, never rose higher than parliamentary private secretary to Lord Salisbury as chancellor.’
    • ‘She was immediately appointed parliamentary private secretary to then Health Secretary Alan Milburn, and within five years was minister for public health.’
    • ‘In Parliament this week, Jackie met with the Prime Minister's parliamentary private secretary, David Hanson MP, to hand over the survey.’


parliamentary private secretary