Robert Jenrick named as minister responsible for infrastructure issues

Robert Jenrick MP (pictured left) will have responsibility for infrastructure issues in his new role as new exchequer to the Treasury.

The Treasury has confirmed ministerial responsibilities following the recent reshuffle and Robert Jenrick MP will have responsibility for infrastructure issues.

As the new exchequer to the Treasury, Jenrick will have responsibility for UK growth and productivity and cover a range of issues including:

  • Industrial Strategy
  • Infrastructure delivery
  • Regional devolution, City deals, Northern Power House and Midlands Engine
  • National Infrastructure Commission
  • Infrastructure and Projects Authority (joint with Cabinet Office)
  • Energy policy and climate change
  • PPPs and PFI

Jenrick was elected as MP for Newark in a by-election in June 2014 after the resignation of Patrick Mercer and won the seat with an increased majority at the 2015 and 2017 general elections. Prior to his arrival in parliament, Jenrick held a range of senior commercial management roles at the leading art business, Christie’s. His last role was as international managing director of a global division of the company, managing sales and staff in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and New York and in developing new markets, particularly China. 

Widely believed to be the only UK MP to attend the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president, Jenrick is also a former co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for trade and investment and supported the remain campaign during the EU referendum.

One of his first tasks in his new role was to visit the Crossrail project which he hailed as “one of Europe’s largest and most inspiring engineering projects”.

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