James Cleverly Net Worth 2023, Age, Wife, Children, Height, Family, Parents, Salary

James Cleverly

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James Cleverly is a British politician and Territorial Army officer serving as Secretary of State for Education since 2022. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Braintree in Essex since 2015. Cleverly also served as Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party alongside Ben Elliot from 2019 to 2020 and the Member of the London Assembly (AM) for Bexley and Bromley from 2008 to 2016.

Cleverly advocated a Brexit vote in the 2016 EU membership referendum. In the second May ministry, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2018 to 2019 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union from April to July 2019, following the resignation of Chris Heaton-Harris. After Boris Johnson was appointed Prime Minister in July 2019, Cleverly w as promoted to the Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio. He served as Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party alongside Ben Elliot from 2019 to 2020.

He was demoted from the Cabinet in the February 2020 reshuffle; he was subsequently appointed Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa. He became Minister of State for Middle East, North Africa and North America in December 2021, before being appointed Minister of State for Europe and North America in February 2022. In July 2022, he became Education Secretary after Michelle Donelan resigned during the 2022 United Kingdom government crisis. He became the third Education Secretary within three days.

Early life

NameJames Cleverly
Net Worth$4 million
Salary$1 million
Age53 years
James Cleverly net worth 2023

James Spencer Cleverly was born on September 4, 1969 (age 53 years) in Lewisham, London, United Kingdom. He is the son of James Philip and Evelyn Suna Cleverly. His father is British and worked as a surveyor and his mother worked as a midwife and is from Sierra Leone. He was privately educated at Riverston School and Colfe’s School, both in Lee, London. Cleverly then trained in the army but this training was cut short by a leg injury in 1989. He went on to gain a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Thames Valley University (now the University of West London).

Cleverly worked for the publishing company Verenigde Nederlandse Uitgeverijen (VNU) after graduating. He was promoted to international sales manager in 2002. Two years later, Cleverly joined Crimson Publishing as head of sales. He then became head of digital media for Caspian Publishing in 2006. The following year, he co-founded web publishing company Point and Fire.

On 6 October 1991, Cleverly was commissioned into the Territorial Army, as a second lieutenant (on probation). In January 1993, his commission was confirmed and he was made a substantive second lieutenant. He was promoted to lieutenant on 6 October 1993, to captain on 26 May 1998, and to major on 1 November 2003. Until 2005, he was Battery Commander of 266 (Para) Battery Royal Artillery (Volunteers). Cleverly was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 1 March 2015.

Political career

James Cleverly had previously stood unsuccessfully in a number of elections for the London Borough of Lewisham; including the borough council elections of 2002, a borough council by-election in 2003, for the Lewisham East seat for the UK Parliament in the 2005 general election and as the Conservative candidate for the directly elected mayor of Lewisham in 2006.

Cleverly was selected in March 2007 as the candidate for the Bexley and Bromley constituency of the London Assembly in a very tightly fought selection contest. The London Assembly election was held on 1 May with the count and declaration on 2 May, where he received 105,162 votes (52.6% of the vote) and a majority of 75,237.

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He was appointed as the Mayor of London’s youth ambassador in January 2009, a newly created role that was seen as being a replacement post for the deputy mayor for young people, a post left vacant after the resignation of Ray Lewis. The creation of the role caused some controversy as it was not filled by a mayoral appointment but by a member of the assembly whose formal role is to scrutinize the Mayor. The decision was defended because of the precedent set by the appointment of Kit Malthouse as Deputy Mayor for Policing.

In February 2010, James Cleverly was appointed as the chairman of the London Waste and Recycling Board, replacing Boris Johnson who had stood down. After the defeat of Brian Coleman at the 2012 London elections he was appointed to the chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA). In August 2010 Cleverly posted a tweet in which he called Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes “a dick”, in response to a suggestion by Mr Hughes that backbench MPs should be able to veto coalition policies. The full tweet stated: “We may be coalition partners but it doesn’t stop me thinking Simon Hughes is a dick.” He later apologized.

In November 2010, Cleverly was re-selected to be the Conservative candidate for Bexley and Bromley in the 2012 GLA elections, going on to win the seat with 88,482 votes (once again 52.6% of the votes) and a majority of 47,768. Following his election to parliament in 2015, he did not defend his seat at the 2016 assembly election. In October 2013, Cleverly was criticized after he reportedly called for the abolition of the minimum wage while appearing on a discussion panel organized by the TaxPayers’ Alliance and ConservativeHome.

House of Commons

James Cleverly was selected in January 2015 to be the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Braintree in the May general election, after the sitting Conservative MP Brooks Newmark stood down following controversy over sexting and the sending of obscene images online. His selection came after the initial selection process was quietly suspended by Conservative Campaign Headquarters after the local party chose someone not on the approved candidates list and was told to “think again”. He was subsequently elected as the constituency’s MP. He advocated a Brexit vote in the 2016 EU membership referendum.

Cleverly was criticized in November 2015 for pushing through the closure of 10 fire stations in London after the death of an elderly man in Camden following delays in the arrival of fire crews. In response, Cleverly said: “It is impossible for them to say that with certainty. I think it would be much wiser for the FBU to wait for the details of that fire investigation to come out before they start making these opportunistic allegations.”

In January 2016, the Labour Party unsuccessfully proposed an amendment in Parliament that would have required private landlords to make their homes “fit for human habitation”. According to Parliament’s register of interests, Cleverly was one of 72 Conservative MPs who voted against the amendment who personally derived an income from renting out property. The Conservative Government had responded to the amendment that they believed homes should be fit for human habitation but did not want to pass the new law that would explicitly require it.

In March 2016 Cleverly was asked to step down as patron of Advocacy for All, a charity supporting disadvantaged people in South East England. The charity felt he was no longer a suitable person for the role, given that he had voted to cut Employment and Support Allowance (the benefit paid to disabled people who are unable to work).

James Cleverly was re-elected, with an increased majority (62.8% of the votes cast), at the 2017 general election. In January 2018 he was appointed as a deputy chairman of the Conservative Party before moving to become a junior minister at the Department for Exiting the European Union in April.

In October 2018 Cleverly defended Conservative London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey over potentially Islamophobic and Hinduphobic comments he had made in a pamphlet and suggested that black boys were drifting into crime as a result of learning more about faiths other than “their own Christian culture”. On 29 May 2019, Cleverly announced that he was standing to replace Theresa May in the Conservative Party leadership election, but announced his withdrawal from the race on 4 June 2019.

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Following the appointment of Boris Johnson to the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Cleverly was appointed as the co-chairman of the Conservative Party, serving alongside Ben Elliot. In August 2019, Cleverly released a video on social media misleadingly claiming that the anti-slavery campaigner and MP William Wilberforce was a “Tory”, when he was in fact an independent MP.

During the 2020 cabinet reshuffle, James Cleverly was appointed as the Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, succeeding Andrew Murrison. He said the move to the Foreign Office was “exciting beyond belief and gives me a chance to work in an area of government I’m really passionate about”. On 7 July 2022, Cleverly succeeded Michelle Donelan as Secretary of State for Education.


James Cleverly was awarded the Efficiency Decoration (TD) for 12 years’ of commissioned service in the Territorial Army in January 2012, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He was sworn into the Privy Council of the United Kingdom in 2019 as part of his appointment as Minister without portfolio and Conservative Party Chairman in the Johnson ministry. This entitled him to the honorific title “The Right Honourable”.


James Cleverly is married to Susannah Sparks, they had their wedding in 2000. His wife is a private person and they have two sons. Cleverly was accused of causing damage to a fellow motorist’s car whilst driving on the M11 motorway. The incident occurred in August 2019, with the other driver claiming that Cleverly had been speeding whilst using his phone. As of mid-2022, James Cleverly and his wife Susannah are still married and living a happy life with their children.

James Cleverly net worth

How much is James Cleverly worth? James Cleverly net worth is estimated at around $4 million. His main source of income is from his career as a politician. Cleverly’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $1 million annually. He is one of the richest and most influential politicians in the United Kingdom. James Cleverly stands at an appealing height of 1.75m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.