Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry

Nick Hurd MP

Biography

Nick Hurd was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 16 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in May 2010.

Education

Nick studied at Eton College before graduating from Oxford University.

Political career

Nick served as the Minister for Civil Society from May 2010 until July 2014, during which time he led the work on setting up the National Citizen Service and Big Society Capital. He was a Minister in the Department for International Development from November 2015 until July 2016, where his portfolio included climate/environment, and leadership of the Energy Africa campaign.

Before entering Government, Nick was a member of Environment Audit Select Committee and led work on climate change policy for the Conservative Party Quality of Life Policy Group, chaired by Lord Deben. He served on the House Of Commons Climate Change Bill Committee and the Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill. He was a member of the Globe International Parliamentary network for Climate Change and sponsored the Sustainable Communities Act as a Private Members Bill.

In 2016, Nick won the Green Ribbon Parliamentarian of the year (MP).

Career outside politics

Nick spent 18 years in business, including 5 years representing a British bank in Brazil. He has been a trustee of the Greenhouse Schools charity and currently serves as a governor of Coteford Junior School.

Personal life

Nick is married and has 6 children.

Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry

The minister is responsible for:

  • climate change
    • carbon budgets
    • international climate change, including International Climate Fund
    • climate science and innovation
    • green economy, including the Green Investment Bank
  • industry and enterprise
    • advanced manufacturing
    • materials
    • automotive

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Parliamentary Secretary (Minister for Civil Society)

    • 2010 to 2014

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  1. UK ratifies the Paris Agreement

    • News story
  2. UK and Colombia agree new £20 million bioeconomy research programme

    • Press release
  3. £35 million boost for ultra low emission vehicles

    • News story
  4. Thousands of young people become their own boss with a Start Up Loan

    • News story
  5. New ministerial local growth champions appointed by Business and Energy Secretary

    • Press release
  6. New ministerial portfolios confirmed at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • News story
  7. £16 million for new technologies to improve global food production and security

    • Press release
  8. World Food Prize 2016 awarded to DFID-funded scientists

    • News story
  9. UK at forefront of energy and climate issues in Africa

    • News story
  10. Hurd: UK aid helping Sierra Leone move beyond Ebola

    • News story