Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development

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.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (PUSS) is a junior ministerial role at the Department for International Development. The PUSS is responsible for steering and monitoring the performance and delivery of DFID’s work in the following areas:

  • Africa: Africa Regional; DRC; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; Rwanda; Sahel; Sierra Leone; Somalia; Southern Africa; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
  • Emerging Policy, Innovation, and Capability
  • Research
  • Human Development
  • Global Funds
  • Climate and Environment
  • Inclusive Societies: disability; ageing; faith; LGBT; VAWG – ensuring consistency with his wider portfolio
  • Corporate Performance within his areas of responsibility

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse

    • 2015 to 2016


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  1. Minister Wharton: UK will stand by people of Ethiopia affected by severe drought

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  2. UK Government calls for the release of all abducted by Boko Haram

    • Press release
  3. Minister Wharton reinforces UK support for refugees in Uganda

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  4. Minister Wharton emphasises need for peace in South Sudan

    • News story
  5. New ministerial team

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  6. Gunning for growth: film promotes Northern Powerhouse to the world

    • Press release
  7. Jobs boom continues in Enterprise Zones

    • Press release
  8. Floods business map reaches 500 milestone

    • Press release
  9. Chinese summit looks to unlock investment for Northern Powerhouse

    • Press release
  10. Business boom is key to driving the Northern Powerhouse, says minister

    • Press release