Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Richard Harrington MP


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.


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

Responsibilities include:

  • industrial strategy
  • energy
    • nuclear
    • oil and gas, including shale gas
    • low carbon generation
    • security of supply
    • electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks
    • smart meters and smart systems
    • international energy
    • energy security, including resilience and emergency planning
  • industrial policy
    • aerospace

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

    • 2015 to 2016


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