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Jake Sumner

Senior Associate, Industrial Strategy

Jake Sumner joined ResPublica in January 2017 as Senior Associate, Industrial Strategy. 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.

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...

The economic impacts of a Brexit would make us more, not less, reliant on other countries

Yesterday’s letter from Ford to its employees was the latest chapter in the economic debate on Britain’s EU membership, which has largely focused on the...

Mutuals and Co-ops Can Be The Very Best Option!

The Quest for John Lewis Quality Public Services for Wales Wales has often been characterised by a radical political tradition that exists to promote a...

Book Review: ‘Taking Power Back: Putting people in charge of politics’ by Simon Parker

Nearly a year before the 2015 General Election, the Chancellor George Osborne announced that the country needed a ‘Northern Powerhouse’: an attempt to bring together...

Remain: The truly patriotic choice

In its latest volley of relentless negativity, the Remain campaign has targeted the grim outlook for UK trade were we to leave the EU. Last...