Boris Johnson's new Energy Ministers
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
replaces Andrea Leadsom in Boris Johnson's new Government reshuffle and Energy Minister Michael Gove has been named President of the UN COP26 climate talks which take place in Glasgow in November 2020.
Andrea Leadsom became a Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change after the 2015 general election under David Cameron. She said that she had questioned both whether fracking was safe, and whether climate change was real, but that she had been completely persuaded on both issues. Whilst in this position, she backed a 'robust and competitive energy market' as the solution to delivering lower energy bills for businesses and households. She has similarly mentioned nuclear energy as good way to provide electricity to consumers at a reasonable price, defending the Government's Hinkley plans.
It will be interesting to see what direction she takes in ensuring the delivery of Net Zero by 2050, and how much attention she gives energy given the wide remit of BEIS.
Kwasi Kwarteng has been appointed Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth in place of Claire Perry who was due to chair the COP26 UN Climate Change talks which take place in Glasgow in November 2020.
Lord Ian Duncan of Springbank
Lord Ian Duncan has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Climate Change).