Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equalities

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.

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

Minister for Women and Equalities

The Minister for Women and Equalities has overall responsibility for:

  • policy on women
  • policy on sexual orientation and transgender equality
  • cross-government equality strategy and legislation

Before July 2014, this role was covered by the Minister for Women and the Minister for Equalities.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change

    • 2014 to 2015
  3. Assistant Government Whip

    • 2013 to 2014


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  1. Home Secretary statement on the incident in Salisbury

    • Statement to Parliament
  2. Home Secretary's speech to the Community Security Trust

    • Speech
  3. Government announces £1.5 million fund to help tackle the gender pay gap

    • News story
  4. Industry roundtable on aviation security

    • News story
  5. Threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism to Great Britain

    • News story
  6. Joint statement by US Secretary of Homeland Security and the Home Secretary

    • Press release
  7. New technology revealed to help fight terrorist content online

    • Press release
  8. Government announces details of £2.5 million to celebrate centenary of suffrage

    • News story
  9. Home Secretary's open letter to EU citizens in the UK

    • News story
  10. Home Secretary announces new national economic crime centre to tackle high level fraud and money laundering

    • Press release