Alok Sharma, UK new business minister (Photo: Reuters)
Alok Sharma, UK new business minister (Photo: Reuters)

Alok Sharma appointed UK business minister

With a background in banking, Alok Sharma was elected Member of Parliament for Reading West in 2010 with one of the largest swings to the Conservatives in the country

LONDON : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Alok Sharma as his new business minister, the government said in a statement on Thursday.

Sharma, 52, was also appointed as the minister in charge of the UK's COP26 climate change summit.

With a background in banking, Sharma was elected Member of Parliament for Reading West in 2010 with one of the largest swings to the Conservatives in the country, according to his website.

Sharma has held various roles, becoming the prime minister's infrastructure envoy to India in 2016 and a minister for housing the next year. He became the minister for international aid in 2019.

Sharma was born in India and he moved to Reading in southern England when he was only five years old. Sharma is married and has two daughters.


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