Minister of State for Transport

Jesse Norman MP


Jesse Norman MP was appointed Minister of State for the Department for Transport on 12 November 2018. He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport from June 2017 to 9 November 2018. 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

Jesse was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from 18 July 2016 until 14 June 2017. 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.

Minister of State for Transport

The minister is responsible for:

  • cycling and walking policy
  • electric and autonomous vehicles
  • Future of Mobility
  • Highways England and strategic roads
  • international vehicle standards
  • light rail
  • local roads policy and funding
  • Major Roads Network
  • motoring agencies
  • road freight
  • road safety
  • traffic
  • transport and the environment
  • transport technology (including digital)

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry

    • 2016 to 2017


  1. Secretary of State for Transport meets leaders from the haulage and logistics sector
  2. Commercial vehicle operators using old tyres to face investigations
  3. Roads update: 23 November 2018
  4. Government’s response to the Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy: safety review
  5. Bold new measures to keep people safe on the roads
  6. Hazard perception test now features more weather conditions
  7. Review of Highway Code set to empower cyclists and pedestrians
  8. Government to fund local authority plans to tackle air pollution
  9. Zero Emission Vehicle Summit
  10. Cyclists in Buckinghamshire set to benefit from new cycleway