Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

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United Kingdom
Secretary of State for
Energy and Climate Change
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Amber Rudd

since 11 May 2015
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Style The Right Honourable
Appointer Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder Ed Miliband
Formation 3 October 2008

Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change is a British government cabinet position currently held by Amber Rudd. The Department for Energy and Climate Change was created on 3 October 2008 when former Prime Minister Gordon Brown reshuffled his Cabinet.

The Energy and Climate Change Secretary revives the earlier post of the Secretary of State for Energy as head of the Department of Energy, existing from 1974 to 1992. After which, the Department of Energy was merged into the Department of Trade and Industry under the Conservative government of Sir John Major in 1992.

Sixteen years later, and immediately prior to the creation of the new department, energy policy was the responsibility of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (itself now a defunct government department, superseded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills).

In 2010, Lord Marland was made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.[1]

On 3 February 2012, Chris Huhne resigned from the post after it was announced that he would be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice, in relation to accusations that he passed on speeding penalties to his ex-wife to avoid losing his own licence. The post was taken over by Ed Davey on the same day.[2]

Secretaries of State[edit]

Colour key
      Conservative       Labour       Liberal Democrats

Secretary of State for Energy (1974–1992)[edit]

Name Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Lord Carrington 8 January 1974 4 March 1974 Conservative Edward Heath
Eric Varley 5 March 1974 10 June 1975 Labour Harold Wilson
Tony Benn 10 June 1975 4 May 1979 Labour
James Callaghan
David Howell 5 May 1979 14 September 1981 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Nigel Lawson 14 September 1981 11 June 1983 Conservative
Peter Walker 11 June 1983 13 June 1987 Conservative
Cecil Parkinson 13 June 1987 24 July 1989 Conservative
John Wakeham 24 July 1989 11 April 1992 Conservative
John Major
Department abolished 1992. Functions transferred to the Department of Trade and Industry.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (2008–present)[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Ed Miliband Ed Miliband 2.jpg 3 October 2008 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown
Chris Huhne Chris Huhne MP crop.jpg 12 May 2010 3 February 2012 Liberal Democrats David Cameron
Ed Davey Edward Davey.jpg 3 February 2012 8 May 2015 Liberal Democrats
Amber Rudd 342303320 Amber Rudd MP.jpg 11 May 2015 Incumbent Conservative David Cameron

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