Joan Ruddock

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The Right Honourable
Dame Joan Ruddock
DBE
Joan Ruddock.jpg
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
In office
11 June 1987 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by John Silkin
Succeeded by To be elected
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 Mary Ruddock, DBE (née Anthony; born 28 December 1943, Pontypool, Torfaen) is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lewisham Deptford from 1987 to 2015. Ruddock was Minister of State for Energy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change until 11 May 2010. She stood down at the 2015 General 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.

During her time in parliament Ruddock was responsible for successfully introducing two private members bills on fly tipping and ensuring local authorities provided doorstep recycling.[1]

She is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths, University of London,[2] an Honorary Fellow of Laban London and a member of the Board of Trinity Laban.[3]

She was appointed as a Privy Counsellor on 9 June 2010.[4] She was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for public and political services.[5]

Family[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruddock, Joan. "Farewell speech, House of Commons 26 March 2015". Dame Joan Ruddock former MP for Lewisham Deptford. Joan Ruddock. Retrieved 08/05/15.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ Goldsmiths "Pairing politicians and scientists"; retrieved 12 November 2012
  3. ^ Trinity Laban Joan Ruddock profile
  4. ^ "Privy Council appointments, 9 June 2010". Privy Council. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 6. 31 December 2011.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh Jenkins
Chair of CND
1981–1985
Succeeded by
Paul Johns
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Silkin
Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford
19872015
Succeeded by
To be elected