Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Rt Hon Edward Davey MP


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


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


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    • 3 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  2. Secretary of State’s decision on RWE Letter One transaction

    • 28 February 2015
    • News story
  3. Joint Ministerial Statement on EU Emissions Trading System reform

    • 23 February 2015
    • News story
  4. Switch to save - £2.7 billion up for grabs by switching energy supplier

    • 16 February 2015
    • Press release
  5. GDHIF release 1 vouchers to be extended to 31 March 2015

    • 9 February 2015
    • News story
  6. Renters and landlords to enjoy warmer properties and cheaper bills

    • 5 February 2015
    • Press release
  7. 2 million families and pensioners to get money off energy bills

    • 29 January 2015
    • News story
  8. The Prospects for Paris

    • 28 January 2015
    • Speech
  9. Launch of the 2050 Global Calculator

    • 28 January 2015
    • Speech
  10. Edward Davey asks new Oil and Gas Authority CEO to lead urgent commission into North Sea industry

    • 15 January 2015
    • News story