Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry

Richard Harrington MP

Biography

Richard Harrington was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 14 June 2017.

He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from 17 July 2016 to 14 June 2017. He was elected as Conservative MP for Watford in May 2010.

Education

Richard attended Leeds Grammar school and was awarded a scholarship to Oxford University, studying law at Keble College.

Political career

He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State jointly at the Home Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Department for International Development from September 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

His business career started with the John Lewis Partnership and he eventually ran a business, which at its peak had 2,000 employees in 7 countries.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry

Responsibilities include:

  • Industrial Strategy
    • Industrial Strategy delivery
  • Sector Deals
  • aerospace
  • advanced manufacturing
  • materials, including steel
  • automotive
  • nuclear
  • infrastructure and construction
  • professional services
  • rail supply chain
  • defence
  • maritime
  • Pubs Code policy
  • supply chains

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

    • 2015 to 2016

Announcements

  1. Government upgrades national security investment powers
  2. Mace wins new government-backed construction award
  3. UK nuclear safeguards on track for EU exit
  4. New deal with industry to secure UK civil nuclear future and drive down cost of energy for customers
  5. New merger and takeover rules come into force
  6. UK meeting milestones for Euratom exit
  7. Self-parking cars could be on a street near you by 2021
  8. 250-strong apprentice force powering Somerset nuclear project
  9. Multi-million pound investment for the latest aerospace manufacturing and engine technology
  10. Government updates takeover rules in line with technology developments