|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
at the Department for Communities and Local Government
(Minister for the Northern Powerhouse)
14 June 2017
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Member of Parliament
for Rossendale and Darwen
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Janet Anderson|
29 December 1978 |
|Alma mater||University of Sheffield and Chester College|
James Jacob Gilchrist 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 General Election, defeating the sitting Labour Party MP Janet Anderson by a majority of 4,493 votes.
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 but they separated after the 2015 General Election, and divorced in September 2016. He lives in Helmshore, Rossendale. In August 2017, Berry became a father, after his partner gave birth to a baby boy.
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 April 2013, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, asked Berry to join the Number 10 Policy Unit, 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.
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. Berry sponsored legislation, the Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill, which gave councils the right to hold religious prayers at the start of meetings.
Berry was again returned as MP in 2017, but with a reduced majority of 3,216.
After retaining his seat in 2017, Jake Berry was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth.
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- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 2010–present
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- Voting record at Public Whip
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