Born in Middlesbrough in 1967, Greg attended the local St Peter's Comprehensive, South Bank. He went on to study Economics at Cambridge University and was awarded his PhD at the London School of Economics.

Before entering politics, Greg worked for the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world's top business strategy firms, and was posted to the USA, Mexico, South America and Iceland, as well as working for clients in the UK.

Greg was Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Trade & Industry - the Rt Hon Ian Lang MP - from 1996 until the General Election in 1997. Subsequently, he was appointed the BBC's Controller, Commercial Policy.

Before becoming an MP, Greg 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 for Tunbridge Wells in 2005.

Greg 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. Greg was responsible for two landmark policy papers in Energy and Climate Change policy: "The Low Carbon Economy" and "Rebuilding Security", which set out how a Conservative Government will make Britain a leading player in the low carbon economy. Greg was Shadow Minister for Teesside from 2006-2010

In May 2010, Greg was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government and in July 2011 he was appointed Minister for Cities. In September 2012, Greg was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury before becoming Minister of State in the Cabinet Office in October 2013 and, latterly, Minister for Universities, Science & Cities in July 2014.

Following the General Election, Greg was promoted to Secretary of State for Communities & Local Environment in May 2015. In July 2016 Greg was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.


  • MP for Tunbridge Wells, May 2005-
  • Member of Public Accounts Committee, 2005-2006
  • Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering, 2006-2008
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, 2008-2010
  • Minister of State, Communities and Local Government, 2010-2012
  • Minister for Cities, 2011-
  • Financial Secretary to the Treasury, 2012-2013
  • Minister of State, Cabinet Office, 2013-
  • Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, 2014-2015
  • Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 2015-2016
  • Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 2016 -

Latest posts

02 MAY 2017

Greg backs rural train services

Greg has written to the Secretary of State for Transport in support of services from rural stations,...


21 APR 2017

Greg helps launch Tunbridge Wells in Bloom

Greg is a strong supporter of Tunbridge Wells in Bloom and was delighted to be able to visit the...


21 APR 2017

Greg celebrates the start of construction of new affordable flats in Tunbridge Wells

Greg was delighted to attend the launch of the construction of nine new affordable flats in the old...


04 APR 2017

Have your say on the future of the South Eastern rail service

The new franchise for the South Eastern network is about to be re-tendered, and Greg is...



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