Third Northern Powerhouse Minister named

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by Stephen Chapman

Lancashire MP, Jake Berry, has been named Northern Powerhouse Minister.

He is the third person to hold the title since George Osborne launched the initiative in 2014.

Berry, the MP for Rossendale and Darwen described the appointment as “a huge privilege”.

He predecessor, Andrew Percy resigned earlier this week on Instagram, saying he wanted to return to the back benches.

Berry was educated in the North of England (Liverpool College and the University of Sheffield), before becoming a solicitor in London - specialising in housing and development law.

He first became an MP in 2010 and worked with the then housing minister, Grant Shapps. In 2013 he joined the Policy Board, to advise on housing, local government and regional growth and in 2015 he was appointed as Parliamentary Private secretary to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.