Amber Rudd

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The Right Honourable
Amber Rudd
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Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
Assumed office
11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Ed Davey
Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Climate Change
In office
15 July 2014 – 11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Gregory Barker
Succeeded by Andrea Leadsom (as Minister of State)
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
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Foster
Majority 4,796 (9.4%)
Personal details
Born (1963-08-01) 1 August 1963 (age 51)
London, United Kingdom
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) A. A. Gill (Divorced)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Website Official website

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.

Business career[edit]

After graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in history, Rudd 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 helped to find extras for the film Four Weddings and a Funeral for which she was credited as the "aristocracy co-ordinator", and appeared briefly in one of the church scenes in the film.[4][5]

Political career[edit]

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

Her name was subsequently added to the Conservative A-List and selected to contest the Hastings and Rye constituency in 2006, moving to the old town in 2007.[4] In the 2010 General Election, Rudd was elected as the MP for Hastings & Rye with a majority of 1,993 votes. Shortly afterwards, Rudd was elected to serve as a Conservative member on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Rudd is vice-chair of the Parliamentary committee on Female Genital Mutilation, which has campaigned against FGM and called for tougher legal penalties in the area. She has championed the cause of sex equality as chairperson of the APPG for Sex Equality,[6] which published a report on women in work. Rudd chaired a cross-party enquiry into unplanned pregnancies which called for statutory sex and relationships education in all secondary schools.[7] She has also called for a higher proportion of women in Cabinet.[8]

In September 2012, she was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.[9] In October 2013, she became an assistant government whip. In July 2014, Rudd was appointed Minister for the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Following the 2015 general election, she was promoted as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. In May 2015 she was appointed as a member of the Privy Council.[10]

Comments about Hastings[edit]

In April 2013, a profile of Rudd appeared in the Financial Times[4] which caused upset to some in her constituency as it reported her referring to "people who are on benefits, who prefer to be on benefits by the seaside...moving down here to have easier access to friends and drugs and drink". She responded by 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."[11]

Local issues[edit]

Rudd has been actively involved in the campaign for the local fishing fleet in Hastings. Her maiden speech advocated wholesale reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)[12]

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,[13] and Rudd is now spearheading a campaign called Complete The Link to see the final stage of the road get funding for construction.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Rudd married the writer A.A. Gill in 1990.[15] Rudd and Gill have two children, Flora and Alasdair.[16] The couple separated in 1995 and later divorced.[15][16][17]

Rudd is a trustee of the Snowdon Trust, an organisation that helps young disabled people access education.[18] Rudd has been director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize since 2003, an annual award for a first-time female playwright in the English language. She also serves as a governor of The St Leonards Academy in Hastings.[19]

Her brother is the public relations executive Roland Rudd,[5] and her mother was briefly styled Marchioness Conyngham while married to the 7th marquess.[20]


  1. ^ "Amber Rudd". The Argus. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Banking & Finance Graduate Careers Jobs & Opportunities - News Information & Advice". Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  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. ^ a b c "The Battle for Hastings". Financial Times. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Energy secretary burns with ambition for other women", Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times, 17 May 2015, p. 17.
  6. ^ "All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sex Equality". Parliament UK. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Stratton, Allegra (19 December 2012). "MPs call for compulsory relationship education". BBC News. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Roberts, Yvonne (25 November 2012). "Has the drive towards sexual equality gone into reverse?". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Amber Rudd MP in new role with Chancellor". Hastings Observer. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Sussex MP blasted for drugs comment". 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2013-08-06. 
  12. ^ "Fairer deal for fishermen in maiden speech". Amanda Rudd. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Final funding approval for Bexhill-Hastings link road". 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  14. ^ "Complete the Link". Amber Rudd. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Barber, Lynn (6 January 2004). "The secret diary of Adrian Gill, aged 45". The Guardian (London). 
  16. ^ a b Kay, Richard (8 October 2006). "A novel way to find your long-lost son". Daily Mail (London). 
  17. ^ Gill, AA (21 August 2005). "Tugga". The Times (London). Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "The Snowdon Trust". Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "St Leonards Academy". Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  20. ^
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Foster
Member of Parliament
for Hastings and Rye

Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Davey
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change