Ministerial role

Secretary of State for the Home Department


The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for all Home Office business, including:

  • security and terrorism
  • legislative programme
  • expenditure issues

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP

Amber Rudd was appointed Home Secretary on 13 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye in 2010.

Political career

From 2010 to 2012 she was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. She then served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2012 to 2013, and as Assistant Whip from October 2013.

Amber was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from July 2014 until May 2015. She was then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in history, Amber worked in investment banking in the City of London and New York, before moving into venture capital. She then set up a freelance recruitment business and wrote for financial publications, before being elected to Parliament in May 2010.

Personal life

She lives in Hastings and has 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

    • 2010 to 2016


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