Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth)

The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

Biography

Kwasi Kwarteng was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 24 July 2019.

Kwasi was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union from 16 November 2018 to 24 July 2019.

Kwasi read classics and history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then attended Harvard University on a Kennedy Scholarship. He earned a PhD in economic history from the University of Cambridge in 2000.

Before becoming a Member of Parliament, Kwasi worked as an analyst in financial services.

Kwasi was elected the Conservative MP for Spelthorne in 2010. From 2010 until 2013 he was a member of the Transport Select Committee, and in 2013 he joined the Work and Pensions Select Committee where he was a member until 2015.

In October 2016 Kwasi joined the Public Accounts Committee, where he was a member until May 2017.

In 2015 Kwasi was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Lords, and in 2017 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Personal life

Kwasi’s passions include history, music and languages. He has lived in and around London for most of his life. He has authored several books, including Ghosts of Empire, War and Gold and Thatcher’s Trial.

Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth)

Responsibilities include:

  • carbon budgets
  • green finance
  • energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty
  • clean heat
  • low carbon generation
  • energy retail markets
  • oil ang gas, including shale gas
  • security of supply
  • electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks
  • international energy
  • EU energy and climate
  • energy security, including resilience and emergency planning

More about this role

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Announcements

  1. Businesses to save up to £300 million annually thanks to Climate Change Agreement scheme extension
  2. The government is a strong supporter of free and competitive energy markets
  3. London pioneers first ‘virtual power station’
  4. Housing Minister launches competition to deliver homes fit for the future
  5. £90 million UK drive to reduce carbon emissions
  6. Capacity Market auction parameters: open letter from BEIS to National Grid, February 2020
  7. Energy users save £1 billion on bills in 2019
  8. Heavy industry to cut 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions with new tech
  9. Government ends support for fracking
  10. Low-income households to be guaranteed trusted tradespeople for home energy improvements