Jake Berry

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Jake Berry
Jake Berry MP.jpg
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
at the Department for Communities and Local Government
(Minister for the Northern Powerhouse)
Assumed office
14 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Member of Parliament
for Rossendale and Darwen
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Janet Anderson
Majority 3,216 (6.4%)
Personal details
Born (1978-12-29) 29 December 1978 (age 38)[1]
Liverpool, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Charlotte (2009–2016)
Residence Helmshore
Alma mater University of Sheffield and Chester College
Profession Solicitor
Website Official website

James Jacob Gilchrist Berry[1] (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 General Election, defeating the sitting Labour Party MP Janet Anderson by a majority of 4,493 votes.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Berry was born in Liverpool and educated at Liverpool College, before studying for a Law degree at Sheffield University.[1] He trained at Chester College and in the City of London, before becoming a solicitor in 2003.[1][4] He worked for a number of legal practices,[1] specialising in housing and development law.[4]

He married Charlotte Alexa in 2009[1] but they separated after the 2015 General Election, and divorced in September 2016.[5] He lives in Helmshore, Rossendale.[6] In August 2017, Berry became a father, after his partner gave birth to a baby boy.[7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

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.[3][8]

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.[3][4]

In April 2013, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, asked Berry to join the Number 10 Policy Unit,[9] headed by Jo Johnson. His roles in this position include advising the Prime Minister on housing, regional growth and local government. He is also the Prime Minister's spokesperson for the North West.[citation needed]

Having grown his moustache for the Movember charity appeal in November 2013, Berry claimed he had been compared to the television detective Magnum, and an 1970s porn star.[10] Berry sponsored legislation, the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill, which gave councils the right to hold religious prayers at the start of meetings.[11]

In the 2015 General Election, Berry was returned as MP for Rossendale and Darwen, with an increased majority of 5,654[12]

Berry was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 Referendum.[13]

Berry was again returned as MP in 2017, but with a reduced majority of 3,216.[14]

After retaining his seat in 2017, Jake Berry was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Berry, James Jacob Gilchrist, (Jake)', Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011 ; online edn, Nov 2011 accessed 30 November 2012
  2. ^ Jake Berry MP, Westminster Parliamentary Record. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Jake Berry, www.parliament.uk. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Jake Berry, Conservative Party website. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  5. ^ Robinson, Jon (20 September 2016). "Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry in divorce from wife". Lancashire Telegraph. 
  6. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated". Rossendale Borough Council. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.rossendalefreepress.co.uk
  8. ^ "Conservative gains in Lancashire". BBC News. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Winnett, Robert (24 April 2013). "David Cameron recruits Boris's brother for Number 10". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  10. ^ "Movember MP Jake Berry 'looks like 1970s porn star'". BBC. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill 2014–15". UK Parliament. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "VIDEO: Jake Berry retains Rossendale and Darwen seat for Conservatives". Lancashire Telegraph. 
  13. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn’t and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  14. ^ bbc.co.uk/elections

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Janet Anderson
Member of Parliament for Rossendale and Darwen