Joan Ruddock

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The Right Honourable
Dame Joan Ruddock
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Minister of State for Energy
In office
8 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Mike O'Brien
Succeeded by Charles Hendry
Member of Parliament
for Lewisham Deptford
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded by John Silkin
Majority 12,499 (30.3%)
Personal details
Born Joan Mary Anthony
(1943-12-28) 28 December 1943 (age 71)
Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Frank Doran
Alma mater Imperial College London
Website Official website

Dame Joan Ruddock, DBE, MP (née Joan Mary Anthony; born 28 December 1943, in Pontypool, Torfaen) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lewisham Deptford since 1987. Ruddock was Minister of State for Energy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change until 11 May 2010. She is standing down at the next election.

Early life[edit]

Ruddock was educated at Pontypool Girls grammar school and at Imperial College London. Prior to her election to Parliament, she was chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a UK pressure group; she resigned in 1985.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Ruddock fought the safe Conservative seat of Newbury in 1979, coming third. She was elected for Lewisham Deptford in 1987, succeeding John Silkin.

She was a member of the Socialist Campaign Group but resigned in 1988 in protest at Tony Benn's decision to challenge Neil Kinnock for the leadership.

During the government of Tony Blair, she briefly served as Minister for Women. She returned to government when Gordon Brown appointed her Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra in June 2007 with responsibility for biodiversity, climate change adaptation, waste and domestic forestry. In October 2008 she was transferred to the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change, continuing in her previous role. In the June 2009 reshuffle she was promoted to Minister of State level, with responsibility for energy policy, which she held until the fall of the Labour Government in 2010.

She is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths, University of London,[1] an Honorary Fellow of Laban London and a member of the Board of Trinity Laban.[2]

She was appointed as a Privy Counsellor on 9 June 2010.[3] She was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for public and political services.[4]


She is married to the Labour MP for Aberdeen North, Frank Doran.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh Jenkins
Chair of CND
Succeeded by
Paul Johns
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Silkin
Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford