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Amber Rudd: Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

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Amber Rudd was appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 11 May 2015. She was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from July 2014 until May 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Hastings & Rye on 6 May 2010.

From 2010 to 2012 she was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. She then served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2012 to 2013, and as Assistant Whip from October 2013.

Graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in history, Amber Rudd worked in investment banking in the City of London and New York, before moving into venture capital. She then set up a freelance recruitment business and wrote for financial publications, before being elected to Parliament in May 2010.

A selection of Amber Rudd’s votes. (Source: theyworkforyou.com)

  • Voted a mixture of for and against measures to prevent climate change
  • Voted very strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
  • Voted strongly for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”)
  • Voted strongly for reducing central government funding of local government
  • Voted strongly for fewer MPs in the House of Commons
  • Voted a mixture of for and against a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU
  • Voted moderately for more EU integration
  • Amber Rudd voted very strongly for selling England’s state owned forests

Votes by issue:

Photo: DECC via Flickr

 

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Further reading:

#GE2015: Renewable energy industry and campaigners ‘worried’ about future government plans

#GE2015: Greens retain seat but criticise voting system

#GE2015: Lib Dem Energy and Climate Change Secretary loses seat

#GE2015: share of votes, not seats, should confer a government’s #legitimacy

#GE2015: Vote for Policies ‘exit poll’

Simon Leadbetter is the founder and publisher of Blue & Green Tomorrow. He has held senior roles at Northcliffe, The Daily Telegraph, Santander, Barclaycard, AXA, Prudential and Fidelity. In 2004, he founded a marketing agency that worked amongst others with The Guardian, Vodafone, E.On and Liverpool Victoria. He sold this agency in 2006 and as Chief Marketing Officer for two VC-backed start-ups launched the online platform Cleantech Intelligence (which underpinned the The Guardian’s Cleantech 100) and StrategyEye Cleantech. Most recently, he was Marketing Director of Emap, the UK’s largest B2B publisher, and the founder of Blue & Green Communications Limited.

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