Rt . Hon . Lord Rooker

Engineer and UK Minister of State


Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
The Rt Hon Lord Rooker
Minister of State
Housing and Planning

The Rt. Hon Lord Jeff Rooker was appointed Minister of State for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration on 29th May 2002.He leads on housing, planning and urban policy and regulatory reform and also speaks on the work of the ODPM in the House of Lords. Lord Rooker supports the Deputy Prime Minister in the promotion of the Dome-based regeneration proposals.Lord Rooker started his Ministerial career in the last Parliament as Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. In July 1999 he was given responsibility, also as Minister of State, for Social Security. In the last Labour Government (1997-2001) he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Solicitor General. In Opposition he was the spokesman on health and social services (1979-83), higher education (1992-93) and Deputy Shadow Leader of the Commons (1994-97).Lord Rooker served as MP for Perry Barr, Birmingham, from 1974 to 2001. He stood down at the last election. Though he has yet to be formally ennobled Mr Rooker was given a life peerage in the dissolution honours.

He was educated at Aston and Warwick universities and is a chartered engineer. Before becoming an MP he was an apprentice engineer and a member of the Birmingham Education Committee. Lord Rooker was born in 1941.
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