UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Labour and Industrial Policy

08 February 2023, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Labour and Industrial Policy

Join us at UCL IIPP for a virtual enrichment talk with Darren Jones, Labour MP for Bristol North West, and Dr Craig Berry, Associate Professor in Economic Policy at IIPP.

This event is free.

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IIPP Comms

This event is open to IIPP's students only

Join us at UCL IIPP on Wednesday 8th February 2023 from 17:00 - 18:30 (GMT) on Zoom for a talk by Darren Jones MP. Darren is the chair of the business, energy, and industrial strategy select committee, and will discuss the challenges of current industrial policies, as well as Labour’s alternative programme.

The talk is being organised as an enrichment event as part of an IIPP MPA module led by Dr Craig Berry. Students who would like to be notified of other events in the future can sign up by emailing IIPPComms@ucl.ac.uk.

About the Speakers

Darren Jones

Labour MP at Bristol North West

Darren Jones
Darren was born at Southmead Hospital in the 1980s and grew up in Lawrence Weston in Bristol North West. He went to Avon Primary and Portway Community schools, now called Nova Primary and Oasis Academy Brightstowe. 

Darren continued his education at the South Bristol Post-16 Centre at Ashton Gate school before reading human bioscience at Plymouth University, with a focus on immunology. He was elected President of Plymouth Students’ Union, and went on to work for the NHS.

Darren later trained as a solicitor, specialising in technology law. He worked in in Plymouth, Bristol and London in both private practice and as an in-house counsel, with a particular focus on the energy and telecommunications sectors. 

Darren first ran for Parliament in 2010 as a Labour candidate in the Conservative safe seat of Torridge and West Devon. He was selected in 2012 to contest the marginal seat of Bristol North West, moving the Labour Party from third to second place in the 2015 election. Darren was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Bristol North West in the 2017 election and was re-elected with an increased share of the vote in the 2019 election.

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Dr Craig Berry

Head of Policy and Associate Professor in Economic Policy at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Craig Berry
Dr Craig Berry is an experienced academic researcher and policy practitioner. He is a political economist with expertise in economic policy, including industrial policy, and welfare provision, principally pensions. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2008, before joining HM Treasury as a policy advisor. He later worked for the International Longevity Centre, and the Trades Union Congress.

His academic career has included roles at the University of Sheffield (Deputy Director of the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute) and Manchester Metropolitan University (Head of the Future Economies Research Centre). He has also taught at the University of Manchester and University of Warwick. In 2017 he was a member of the Industrial Strategy Commission, and he regularly advises local and national policy-makers on economic policy issues.

Craig has published a large number of articles in peer-reviewed journals, and his books include Pensions Imperilled (Oxford University Press, 2021), The Political Economy of Industrial Strategy in the UK (Agenda, 2021), Developing England's North (Palgrave, 2018), Austerity Politics and UK Economic Policy (Palgrave, 2016), and Globalisation and Ideology in Britain (Manchester University Press, 2011).

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