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Jake Sumner


Jake Sumner is an Associate at ResPublica . He was previously our Senior Associate for Industrial Strategy upon joining us in January 2017. He has more than 20 years’ experience of public policy, campaigns and projects in national, regional and local government.

He served as Chief Political Adviser and Chief of Staff to Chuka Umunna, the former Shadow Business Secretary during the last parliament and before that John Denham when he held the post. Jake worked on developing the concept of a modern industrial strategy. In the role, he worked across sectors and with business within the UK and internationally, developing networks, events and policy approaches across all elements of business policy, and contributed to the establishment of Small Business Saturday in the UK.

Previously he was a Special Adviser to John Denham MP during his time as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Jake has served as an elected councillor, including as a member of the Cabinet and as Vice-Chair of Planning, including taking the decision on the landmark King’s Cross development. He has held positions in several councils and at Transport for London. Past roles including the Crossrail funding campaign and Crossrail communication strategy. He is a trustee and Deputy Chair of a leading community charity and chairs its enterprise arm.

Food poverty: Time to lift the veil?

A century on from Charles Booth’s famous Poverty Map of London, accurate information on poverty has never been more important. So the findings of...

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ResPublica’s Response to the Industrial Strategy White Paper

Following the creation of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in July 2016 and firing the starting gun for a string of sector...

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ResPublica’s Response to the Autumn Budget 2017

The second Budget of 2017 delivered by Philip Hammond following the abolition of the Autumn Statement, was widely trailed as a tight political tightrope for...

Child Protection in the Digital Age

I was delighted when the Government introduced its Digital Economy Bill in the last session which gave effect to the 2015 General Election manifesto commitment...

A stake in it for everyone; why Conservatives should support regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

FOBTs or B2 machines are highly addictive, one way we know this, according to research conducted by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, is that FOBT...

Championing renewed leadership in governance and business practice

It didn’t get to the point where we saw ‘Save Unilever’ held aloft on placards outside Downing Street, yet there was widespread unease about Kraft’s...

Industrial Strategy: A positive start but more must be done

The Government revealed their industrial strategy this week, with three main aims: Build on our strengths and extend excellence into the future; Close the gap...

Who can give the modern Cathy a home?

It’s 50 years since Ken Loach’s groundbreaking film, Cathy Come Home, documented the inhuman effects of homelessness. Without a home, as his heartbreaking film shows,...

We need a manufacturing resurgence more than ever. How can we bring it about?

There’s been a familiar narrative emerging since Thursday’s vote – this was the left behind white working class getting one over the London-centric political and...