by Vivien Moseley

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Alok Sharma appointed to Minister of State for Housing and Planning

Alok Sharma was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning, for the Department of Communities and Local Government on 13 June following the May 2017 election, succeeding Gavin Barwell who lost his seat. Alok Sharma was first elected to the House of Commons in 2010 for the constituency, Reading West, an area where he grew up and went to school.

Prior to entering Parliament, Alok qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte and then worked for 16 years in the field of banking, initially for the Japanese firm Nikko Securities followed by senior roles at Enskilda Securities, which is the investment banking arm of SE Banken.

During his Parliamentary career, he has served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury and has also been a member of both the Commons Treasury select committee and the Commons Science and Technology select committee. He also had a spell as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP when he was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and had overall responsibility for the Cabinet Office. From 2012-2015, Alok was a Conservative Party Vice-Chairman and was then appointed in 2016 as the Prime Minister's Infrastructure Envoy to India, the country of his birth. In July 2016 until June 2017 he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for Asia and the Pacific).

As Minister of State for Housing and Planning he is responsible for:

  • Housing supply policy
  • Home ownership policy
  • Planning policy
  • Planning casework oversight
  • Homes and Communities Agency sponsorship and performance
  • Building regulations
  • Private rented sector.