Mr. Alok Sharma MP, Hon'ble Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Dept. for Communities and Local Government, Govt. of U.K. grew up in Earley and went to school in Reading.
Elected in 2010, with one of the largest swings to the Conservatives, he has served as a member of the Commons Treasury & Commons Science and Technology select committees, a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury and as a Conservative Party Vice Chairman. He was appointed in 2016 as the Prime Minister's Infrastructure Envoy to India and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin, the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who had overall responsibility for the Cabinet Office. He is currently Minister of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, UK.
He was a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, and then worked for 16 years in banking, where he held senior roles in Stockholm and Frankfurt, including serving as a member of the Corporate Finance Global Management Committee, Nikko Securities. He successfully campaigned to deliver government investment in local infrastructure, including improvements at Reading, Tilehurst, Theale, Pangbourne and Reading West stations and the extension of Crossrail to Reading.
He has worked with local school and parent groups, like All Saints Junior School, The Wren School and Purley Primary School, to deliver extra government funding for progressive schools.
He has worked with local campaign groups to fight unsustainable development on green spaces He is committed to campaigning against any unsustainable development all across Reading.
He is a supporter of expanding local businesses. He has supported entities such as Tesco Distribution Centre to deliver new jobs and has organised local business export seminars, helped deliver reductions in business rates for local businesses and for faster broadband.
A keen supporter of local charities, faith groups and volunteers, he has championed their selfless work.