Amber Rudd

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Amber Rudd
MP
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Minister at Department for Energy and Climate Change
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the
Chancellor of the Exchequer
In office
10 September 2012 – 7 October 2013
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Sajid Javid
Succeeded by Rob Wilson
Member of Parliament
for Hastings and Rye
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Foster
Majority 1,993 (4.0%)
Personal details
Born (1963-08-01) 1 August 1963 (age 50)
London
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) A. A. Gill (divorced)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Occupation Politician
Profession Journalist
Website Amber Rudd MP

Amber Rudd (born London, 1 August 1963)[1] is a British Conservative Party politician who was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for the East Sussex constituency of Hastings and Rye at the May 2010 general election, defeating the incumbent Labour MP Michael Foster.

Career[edit]

After graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in history, she joined J.P. Morgan & Co., working in both London and New York. She then worked in venture capital in London, raising funds for small businesses. After working as a financial journalist, she founded specialist Executive Search and Human Resources consultancy Lawnstone Ltd,[2] with clients in Financial services and in Business media.[3] She also recruited the extras for the film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Political career[edit]

At the 2005 general election, Rudd was the Conservative candidate for the Labour-held seat of Liverpool, Garston.

Rudd was selected for Hastings and Rye in 2006 and she moved to the old town in 2007. In the 2010 General Election Rudd was elected as the MP for Hastings & Rye with a majority of 1,993 votes. Shorty after Rudd was elected as a Conservative member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Rudd has been an active campaigner whilst in Parliament, standing up for women's issues. She is Vice Chair of the APPG on Female Genital Mutilation, which has been campaigning against FGM and calling for tougher penalties and confidence to begin prosecutions in the UK. She has championed the cause of sex equality as Chairman of the APPG for Sex Equality, which recently published a report on women in work.

Rudd Chaired a cross party inquiry into "Unplanned Pregnancies", which reported in February 2013, and called among other things, for statutory SRE in all secondary schools (Unplanned Pregnancy Inquiry Brief), which received extensive media coverage. This report acquired cross party support with Labour MP Sandra Osborne and Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt working on the report as well. Platform 51 the organisation that helps women and girls take control of their lives named her as "Woman of the Week" as a result of the inquiry.

While in Parliament Rudd has championed the cause for increased visibility "of women in senior decision making positions" - Guardian, 25 November 2012.

In September 2012, she was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt.Hon. George Osborne MP.[4] In October 2013, she became an Assistant Government Whip.

In July 2014, Rudd was made minister at Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Controversy[edit]

In April 2013, a profile of Rudd appeared in the Financial Times[5] which caused upset to some in her constituency. The piece described Rudd’s views towards her constituency in a derogatory and negative light. She rebutted the article stating that " I am incredibly optimistic about Hastings. I described the well-known problems that Hastings has to the Financial Times but I also talked about the incredible investment in the town, the fact that unemployment is going down and that there are many positive things to say about it."[6]

Other Issues[edit]

Rudd has been actively involved in the campaign for the local fishing fleet in Hastings. Her maiden speech drew attention to the need for wholesale reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). In February 2013 the European Parliament voted to reform the CFP.

Rudd has also campaigned successfully for the construction of the Hastings to Bexhill Link Road. In early 2013 the Government gave the road the go ahead for construction after ten years of campaigning,[7] the road is expected to generate 3,000 jobs for local residents and created 2,000 new homes. Rudd is now spearheading a campaign called Complete The Link, to see the final stage of the road get funding for construction.

Personal life[edit]

Rudd is the youngest of four siblings, one of whom is the PR executive Roland Rudd, a Labour supporter and donor advising Ed Miliband on business.

Rudd married the writer A. A. Gill in 1990;[8] the couple have two children, Flora and Alasdair. The couple parted in 1995, and later divorced.

Since 2010 she has been a Trustee of the Snowdon Trust, an organisation that helps young disabled people access education.

Rudd has been a director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize since 2003, an annual award for a first time woman playwright in the English language.

She is a director of the Hastings & St Leonards Academies Trust, which supervises Hastings Academy and The St Leonards Academy in Hastings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amber Rudd". The Argus. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.eurograduate.com/article.asp?id=2864&pid=6
  3. ^ "Amber Rudd, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye". Conservative Party. Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Amber Rudd MP in new role with Chancellor - Local News - Hastings and St. Leonards Observer". Hastingsobserver.co.uk. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  5. ^ "The Battle for Hastings - News - Financial Times". www.ft.com. 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  6. ^ "Sussex MP blasted for drugs comment". www.theargus.co.uk. 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  7. ^ http://www.planningresource.co.uk/news/1176975
  8. ^ Barber, Lynn (6 January 2004). "The secret diary of Adrian Gill, aged 45". The Guardian (London).