Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The Rt Hon Edward Davey

Biography

Edward Davey was appointed Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change in February 2012. He was elected Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton on 1 May 1997.

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

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  1. Secretary of State decision on LetterOne North Sea gas fields acquisition

    • 20 April 2015
    • News story
  2. Earth Hour 2015

    • 26 March 2015
    • News story
  3. Third release of popular Green Deal Home Improvement Fund fully allocated

    • 26 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. UK Green Investment Bank International Pilot

    • 24 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Speech at the Association of British Insurers

    • 24 March 2015
    • Speech
  6. Funding the Oil and Gas Authority: consultation on levy design

    • 23 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. Oil industry support set out

    • 20 March 2015
    • News story
  8. Government Response to Call for Evidence on how to implement the Wood Review recommendations to maximise economic recovery of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf

    • 20 March 2015
    • Statement to Parliament
  9. UK expertise can drive climate change action

    • 12 March 2015
    • Press release
  10. New NDA Non-Executive Directors

    • 9 March 2015
    • Press release