Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister for Faith

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

Biography

Eric Pickles was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in May 2010. He is the Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar.

Education

Eric was educated at Greenhead Grammar School and Leeds Polytechnic.

Political career

Eric was Leader of Bradford City Council from 1988 to 1990. He held a number of positions while in opposition, including Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from 2007 to 2009 and Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2009 to 2010.

Career outside politics

He worked as a consultant in employment practice and as Local Government Editor for Conservative Newsline before becoming an MP in 1992. He is a trustee of 2 local charities - Brentwood Foyer and Brentwood Theatre.

Personal life

Eric lives with his wife Irene in Brentwood, Essex.

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Secretary of State is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Main areas of responsibility include:

  • supporting local government
  • communities and neighbourhoods
  • local economic growth
  • housing
  • planning and building
  • fire
  • integration and faith

Minister for Faith

The minister works with religious and community leaders to promote faith, religious tolerance and stronger communities within the UK.

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  1. 20% discount on your first home announces PM

    • 2 March 2015
    • Press release
  2. Young first-time buyers can register online for 100,000 cut-price homes

    • 28 February 2015
    • Press release
  3. Rotherham commissioners confirmed

    • 26 February 2015
    • Press release
  4. Intervention in Rotherham metropolitan district council

    • 26 February 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Recognising the role of faith in Britain

    • 26 February 2015
    • Speech
  6. Protecting public money: lobbying by government, local enterprise partnerships, and local authorities

    • 23 February 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Eric Pickles cracks down on wasteful spending of government lobbying government

    • 23 February 2015
    • Press release
  8. More than 15,500 jobs created across enterprise zones

    • 23 February 2015
    • Press release
  9. Government drives forward development at MIRA Enterprise Zone

    • 12 February 2015
    • Press release
  10. Eric Pickles speaks to the Sitematch London 2015 conference

    • 11 February 2015
    • Speech