Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State


The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State supports the work of the Northern Ireland Office.

Current role holder: Kris Hopkins

Kris Hopkins was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Keighley in West Yorkshire in May 2010.


Kris has a degree in communications and cultural studies from Leeds University.

Political career

Before his election to Parliament, Kris Hopkins served on Bradford Council, becoming leader of the council in 2006.

He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in October 2013.

He served as Government Whip, Vice Chamberlain of HM Household from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

A former member of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, Kris served in Kenya, Northern Ireland and Germany. He has lectured in media theory, communications and digital media.

Personal life

Kris is a keen walker and runner and a photographer.


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