Alok Sharma is MP for Reading West, Conservative
06 April 2022 12:00 AM

Sharma, Alok

06 April 2022

Overview

Alok Sharma was born in Agra, India, on 7th September 1967. Sharma and his family moved to Reading when he was five years.

Since 2010, Alok has been the Conservative MP for Reading West. It is thought that Mr Sharma is likely to benefit from some supportive boundary changes to his constituency before the next election. If a future general election was held on the current outline, and the result saw a 5% lead for Labour in the national opinion polls, Mr Sharma would be in serious danger of losing his seat at Westminster.

During his time in Parliament, Sharma has held a variety of junior and senior government roles. In February 2020, Sharma was initially appointed as Business Secretary.

Sharma has since taken up a Cabinet role which in late 2021, saw him serve as President of the global COP26 summit, otherwise known as the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties. At the end of the Glasgow conference, Mr Sharma held back tears saying he was ‘deeply sorry’ that the final deal from the climate summit appeared to have been ‘watered down’ after the intervention of India and China.

Career

Upon his entry into the British Parliament in 2010, Sharma joined the Science and Technology Select Committee (2010-2011) and the Treasury Select Committee (2014-2015).

Between these appointments, Sharma was co-chairman of Conservative Friends of India (2014) and a Conservative Party Vice-Chairman (2012-2015).

In 2016, Sharma was made a Minister of State for Asia before his move to Minister of State for Housing following the 2017 General Election.

During his time as Housing Minister, Sharma was responsible for the government response to the Grenfell Tower fire. Making a speech on the matter in the Commons, Sharma was clearly visibly moved by this responsibility.

After a short spell as a Minister for Employment (2018-2019), Sharma was promoted to Secretary of State for International Development (DFID), a position he held until a Cabinet reshuffle in early 2020. As part of this reshuffle, Sharma became the Secretary of State

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