Richard Harrington (politician)

Richard Irwin Harrington[2] (born 4 November 1957)[3] is a British politician, businessman, and former property developer and hotelier.[4] From the 2010 general election until the 2019 general election he was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Watford. He was the Minister for Business and Industry from June 2017 to March 2019. Harrington had the Conservative whip removed on 3 September 2019, but on 29 October he was one of ten MPs to have it restored.[5]

Richard Harrington
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Industry
In office
14 June 2017  25 March 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byJesse Norman
Succeeded byAndrew Stephenson
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Pensions
In office
17 July 2016  14 June 2017
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byThe Baroness Altmann
Succeeded byGuy Opperman
Under Secretary of State for Syrian Refugees
In office
14 September 2015  17 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished[1]
Member of Parliament
for Watford
In office
6 May 2010  6 November 2019
Preceded byClaire Ward
Succeeded byDean Russell
Personal details
Born (1957-11-04) 4 November 1957 (age 63)
Leeds, England, UK
Political partyConservative (2010–2019, 2019–present)
Independent (2019)
Alma materKeble College, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website