Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Roads, Local Transport and Devolution


The minister is responsible for:

  • buses
  • cycling and walking policy
  • Highways England and strategic roads
  • light rail
  • local roads policy and funding
  • motoring agencies
  • road freight
  • road safety
  • transport and the environment
  • transport technology (including digital)

Current role holder: Jesse Norman MP

Jesse Norman MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport on 14 June 2017.

Jesse was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 18 July 2016 until 14 June 2017. He was elected as the MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire in May 2010.


Jesse studied at Oxford University (BA) and University College London (MPhil, PhD).

Political career

During the 2010 to 2015 Parliament Jesse was a member of the Treasury Select Committee and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Employee Ownership. In June 2015 he was elected Chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

Jesse was awarded Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year and The House Backbencher of the Year in 2012.

Career outside politics

Before entering politics Jesse was a Director at Barclays, researched and taught philosophy at University College London, and ran a charitable project in Communist Eastern Europe.

His books and pamphlets include ‘The achievement of Michael Oakeshott’, ‘After Euclid’, ‘Compassionate conservatism’ and ‘The big society’. His book ‘Edmund Burke: politician, philosopher, prophet’ was listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Political Book Awards and the George Orwell Prize. He has also written regularly for the national press.

Personal life

Jesse has been married to Kate since 1992, and they have 3 children.


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