Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service

The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis


Brandon Lewis was appointed Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010.


Brandon has a BSc Economics and LLB Hons (Law) from the University of Buckingham. He also holds an LLM in commercial law from King’s College London.

Political career

Brandon was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from September 2012 until July 2014. He served as Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government from July 2014 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Brandon is a qualified barrister and a company director. Before joining the government, Brandon was an active member of a number of all-party parliamentary groups, including those for enterprise zones and local growth as well as local government. He was co-chair of a group on coastal erosion and continues to work with colleagues who represent other coastal towns to highlight common issues in their constituencies.

Brandon served on Brentwood Borough Council for more than 10 years, with 5 as leader.

Personal life

Brandon is married with 2 children. He enjoys a variety of sports as well as reading and going to the theatre and cinema. He has also completed the London Marathon twice.

Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service

The minister is responsible for:

  • police finance and resourcing
  • police reform and governance
  • police representative groups
  • police pay and pensions
  • police workforce
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
  • Policing and Crime Bill
  • police integrity and transparency (including HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), police powers)
  • emergency services collaboration
  • crime statistics
  • national fire policy (including fire safety)
  • Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser
  • national resilience and fire programmes
  • localism and reform
  • workforce pay, pensions and industrial relations
  • extradition
  • mutual legal assistance
  • EU criminal justice (including Europol, Eurojust, Prüm and the European Public Prosecutor’s Office)
  • Interpol
  • foreign criminality

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Housing and Planning

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

    • 2012 to 2014


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  3. Champions League final policing bolstered by £1.4million UK Government grant

    • Press release
  4. 28 day pre-charge bail limit comes into force

    • Press release
  5. Speech to the Police Education Qualification Framework conference

    • Speech
  6. New transparency measures for Taser use announced by Home Secretary

    • News story
  7. Government publishes Custody Image Review

    • News story
  8. Home Secretary appoints Cressida Dick as next Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

    • Press release
  9. New government guidelines will end the practice of boomerang bosses

    • News story
  10. Fire service reform must go further and faster: article by Brandon Lewis

    • Speech