Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State


Current role holder: James Wharton MP

James Wharton was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development. He was elected Conservative MP for Stockton South in May 2010.


James has a degree in law from Durham University.

Political career

James sat on the Public Accounts Committee from July 2010 to November 2012. During the 2013-14 session James introduced a Private Member’s Bill on the EU Referendum. He was elected to the Board of the Conservative Party in October 2014.

He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government with responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

On graduating James completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York before training to be a solicitor with a regional firm, and working in Newcastle, Durham and Darlington.

Personal life

James currently lives in Eaglescliffe. He is a keen walker and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Nick Hurd MP

    • 2015 to 2016


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