Boris Johnson's new Government
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Andrea Leadsom replaces Greg Clark in Boris Johnson's new Government and Energy Minister Claire Perry has been named President of the UN COP26 climate talks which are due to take place in Glasgow in 2020.
Leadsom has relevant experience for her new job. She 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.
She has said that the fracking of gas will continue to be necessary for a number of years, leading up to a net zero economy. Though backing the Government's renewable obligation, Leadsom has stated in the House "that there are costs associated with ensuring energy security when we become over-reliant on renewables".
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 is due to chair the COP26 UN Climate Change talks which may take place in Glasgow in 2020 if the joint bid of Italy and the UK is successful.
Lord Ian Duncan
Lord Ian Duncan has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Climate Change).