Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP

Biography

Edward Davey was appointed Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change in February 2012. He is the Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton.

Education

Edward was educated at Nottingham High School and Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied politics, philosophy and economics. He gained an MSc in economics from Birkbeck College, London University.

Political career

Edward served in the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet in a number of posts including Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2001 to 2002, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills from 2005 to 2006, and Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs between 2007 and 2010.

He was then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills from May 2010 to February 2012.

Career outside politics

After graduating Edward worked as an economics researcher for the Liberal Democrats in Parliament before joining Omega Partners, where he specialised in consultancy in the postal services sector.

Personal life

Edward is married and has a son.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the business of the Department of Energy & Climate Change and its policies. Responsibilities include:

  • department strategy and budgets
  • energy market reform
  • carbon price
  • Annual Energy Statement
  • energy security
  • National Security Council
  • Carbon Plan
  • Renewable Energy Strategy
  • 2050 Pathways

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

by The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP

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  1. Getting ready for shale gas – supply chain estimated to be worth billions as new environmental measures announced

    • 24 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. Energy switching times to halve by end of year

    • 21 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. Small businesses given boost to generate bioenergy from wetlands

    • 17 April 2014
    • Press release
  4. United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report published

    • 13 April 2014
    • News story
  5. Edward Davey statement

    • 13 April 2014
    • News story
  6. Edward Davey launches the Scotland Analysis Energy Paper

    • 9 April 2014
    • Speech
  7. Scotland Analysis: Energy

    • 9 April 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. “Energy bills will go up with independence” - Davey

    • 9 April 2014
    • Press release
  9. Edward Davey statement

    • 31 March 2014
    • News story
  10. Thermal analysis review

    • 31 March 2014
    • Statement to Parliament

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