After sacking over half of Theresa May’s old cabinet yesterday, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Andrea Leadsom as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Previously serving as Energy and Climate Minister (May 2015 – July 2016) and Environmental Secretary (July 2016 – June 2017), Leadsom replaces Greg Clark who served as Business and Energy Secretary for the last 3 years.
Ms Leadsom said:
It’s a great honour to be appointed as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, supporting UK businesses as we make our way in the world once we’ve left the European Union and of course also tackling the vital issue of global climate change and I really look forward to getting stuck into the work.
Claire Perry, former Energy and Clean Growth Minister, has been appointed as President of COP26.
Ms Perry tweeted:
Delighted to accept new PM’s offer to become COP26 President working closely with him but in order to do the job properly I suggest that I relinquish the broader Clean Growth and Energy Portfolio and he has agreed.
It’s been such a privilege to work with so many amazing civil servants in @beisgovuk to deliver the Clean Growth Strategy, The PPCA (Powering Past Coal Alliance), Smart export (guarantee), offshore wind deal and COP26 bid. Thank you.