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Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Minister of State for Decentralisation and Cities (jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government)


Cities, decentralisation, Big Society, planning policy.


On 19 July 2011 Greg Clark MP was appointed as Minister for Cities, in addition to his responsibilities as Minister for Decentralisation, becoming a Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as the Department for Communities and Local Government in this new capacity.

Greg Clark was born in Middlesbrough and studied Economics at Cambridge University before being awarded his PhD at the London School of Economics.

He was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for three successive Leaders; William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard, before being elected to Parliament in 2005.

He was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering. Shadow Minister for Teesside since 2006, Greg Clark has also authored the book, Total Politics, looking at the decentralisation of political power.

On 13 May 2010 Greg Clark was appointed Minister of State at Communities and Local Government. On 9 June 2010 he was appointed to the Privy Council.