Jake Berry MP

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth
@ Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

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  • Bio

Elected to parliament in the 2010 General Election to represent the Rossendale and Darwen constituency, Jake Berry MP has served in two government administrations; those of David Cameron (2010 - 16) and Theresa May (2016 - present).

Upon joining the ranks of Conservative MPs in 2010, Mr Berry was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to then Minister for Housing and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP. In 2013, Prime Minister David Cameron asked Jake to join the Number 10 Policy Unit in order to contribute policy initiatives on housing, regional growth and local government; three core components of what would later become the Northern Powerhouse. 

In June 2017, Jake was appointed as the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Within this remit, the Minister is responsible for:

  • The Northern Powerhouse initiative
  • Mayors and devolution
  • Local growth - policy and initiatives; these include enterprise zones, high streets and coastal communities   
  • Inward investment and infrastructure
  • European Regional Development Fund and UK Shared Prosperity Fund
  • Resilience and emergencies
  • Local Enterprise Partnership policy
  • Community rights

Since taking on the role, Jake has set-out his ambition to broaden the scope of the Northern Powerhouse to be more inclusive of smaller towns, to equip the North for a transition to an economy driven by data and artificial intelligence, support the region's ageing population in addition to leading the way in environmental sustainability and clean growth.