|Member of Parliament
for Rossendale and Darwen
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Janet Anderson|
29 December 1978 |
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
|Alma mater||University of Sheffield and Chester College|
James Jacob Gilchrist (Jake) Berry (born 29 December 1978) is a British Conservative Party politician. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rossendale and Darwen, having won the seat at the 2010 UK General Election, defeating the sitting Labour Party MP Janet Anderson by a majority of 4,493 votes.
Personal life 
Berry was born in Liverpool and educated at Liverpool College before studying for a Law degree at Sheffield University. He trained at Chester College and in the City of London before becoming a solicitor in 2003. He worked for a number of legal practices, specialising in housing and development law. He married Charlotte Alexa in 2009.
Parliamentary career 
Berry was elected in the 2010 General Election as MP for Rossendale and Darwen. He won against incumbent MP Janet Anderson, who held the position for eighteen years, in an 8.9% swing to the Conservatives. Berry overturned a Labour majority of 3,616 to win by 4,493 votes.
In 2010 he was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Grant Shapps, the Minister for Housing and Local Government at the Department of Communities and Local Government, following Shapps to the Cabinet Office in 2012.
In March 2012, Berry was forced to apologise to the Speaker, John Bercow for breaking parliamentary procedure after asking a question to Leader of the House, Sir George Young, concerning the tax affairs of Gordon and Sarah Brown, as well as Ken Livingstone.
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- "Jake Berry forced to apologise to John Bercow". Mail Online. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Rossendale and Darwen