On May 11th David Cameron announced his cabinet reshuffle, including the appointment Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Who is Amber Rudd?
Amber Rudd is a Conservative politician and re-elected MP for Hastings and Rye. Within the previous coalition government, Rudd was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (July 2014 — May 2015), meaning this latest appointment has come as a promotion.
During her work within the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Rudd gained a reputation for championing renewable energy, and backing the government’s target to have 15% of Britain’s electricity generated from green sources by 2020. In this latest role, she will be a key player at the Paris talks on climate change.
The tough issues she will now need to tackle on behalf of consumers are energy prices, and the subsequent fuel poverty from rising tariffs.
Reactions to the new energy secretary
Many individuals and organisations have warmly responded to the news of Amber Rudd taking over from Liberal Democrat Ed Davey, who held the position for three years.
Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, is one of those welcoming the news of Rudd’s promotion:
“I am delighted with Amber’s appointment. I know she is clearly focussed on consumers and also understands the need to do what we can to ensure energy remains affordable.
“As a Junior Minister in the coalition government she made her mark in the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and it is also a great advantage that she has a good understanding based on experience.”
Rudd’s productive track-record at the DECC, towards a greener UK, means green groups and organisations have also warmly welcomed this cabinet announcement; the reception from the Solar Trade Association (STA) was positive:
“We very much welcome Amber Rudd’s appointment as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and look forward to working with her to make sure solar reaches its full potential.”
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) also praised the decision to assign Rudd this ministerial role. @REAssociation tweeted:
“Good news this am! @AmberRuddhr who has done huge amounts of work for #climate, appointed as new #energy secretary”