Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Responsibilities

The minister is responsible for:

  • communities
  • DCLG business in the House of Lords
  • European programmes
  • productivity, procurement and value for money
  • transparency
  • QEII Conference Centre

Current role holder: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Lord Ahmad was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government in July 2014.

Education

He was educated at Rutlish School and London South Bank University (LSBU) as well as the Chartered Institute of Financial Services.

Political career

Lord Ahmad was appointed as a Lord’s Whip in September 2012 for:

  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Universities
  • Science

He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords. Lord Ahmad was raised to the peerage in 2011 and served as a party whip before being appointed to government. He was vice-chairman of the Conservative Party between 2008 and 2010 with responsibility for cities. He also served as a Councillor (Wimbledon Park) and Cabinet Member in the London Borough of Merton between 2002 to 2012.

Career outside politics

Lord Ahmad spent 20 years working in banking and finance, including at the NatWest Group where he was a senior manager in corporate banking and financial markets. He was later vice-president and Marketing Director of Alliance Bernstein and Strategy and Marketing Director at Sucden Financial.

Personal life

Lord Ahmad is married and has a son and daughter.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE

    • 2013 to 2014
  2. Baroness Hanham CBE

    • 2010 to 2013

Policies

  1. European funds

    • 23 July 2014

Announcements

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  1. Private rented sector

    • 13 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  2. Onshore oil and gas planning guidance is announced

    • 19 July 2013
    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Cabinet Office’s fight on fraud boosted by National Fraud Initiative move

    • 16 July 2013
    • Press release
  4. New chief executive for the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre

    • 5 March 2013
    • News story
  5. Councils cut congestion through driving innovation

    • 26 February 2013
    • News story
  6. New Year's Honours 2013

    • 29 December 2012
    • Announcement
  7. Minister praises local government efforts to tackle fraud

    • 7 December 2012
    • Announcement
  8. Successful graduate support scheme secures future with additional £4 million funding

    • 6 November 2012
    • Press release
  9. Minister praises Wiltshire Council for saving £85 million on council facilities

    • 2 November 2012
    • Announcement
  10. Baroness Hanham praises Wiltshire Council for saving £85 million on council facilities

    • 2 November 2012
    • Announcement