MP given ministerial role in Cabinet reshuffle

Hastings and Rye MP, Amber Rudd, has been promoted in David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle.

Ms Rudd has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

She is one of a number of women who have been promoted to the cabinet as the Conservative Party tries to combat claims it is an elitist, male-dominated party ahead of the General Election in 2015.

Ahead of a full briefing on her new ministerial responsibilities, Ms Rudd told the

“It is a really important portfolio. I am just about to be briefed by the Prime Minister so I don’t know the full details of my new job but I had a very positive meeting with David Cameron.

“The Prime Minister is very enthusiastic about this area and the plans we have.”

Ms Rudd has received praise for her role in campaigning for sustainable fishing and has also questioned the impact of government energy efficiency policies on social housing, an issue that she will be at the sharp end of in her new job.

Ms Rudd said: “I’ve had an interest in this area for a long time and I hope to be able to put this to good use.”

Ms Rudd also had a message for her constituents in Hastings and Rye.

“My priority remains Hastings and Rye and my constituents.”

Asked if there was any possibility that she would stand for election in a safer seat such as nearby Bexhill and Battle now that incumbent MP Greg Barker has confirmed he will be standing down at the General Election in 2015, Ms Rudd was unequivocal.

“There is zero possibility of me changing constituencies. Hastings remains my home.”

Amber Rudd used to be a journalist and a financial trader for JP Morgan and was one of the first women to work on the trading floor in a male-dominated environment. She used an article in the left-wing Guardian newspaper to argue that Conservative women can be feminists too.

After winning the Hastings & Rye seat from Labour in 2010, Ms Rudd became an aide to the Chancellor, George Osborne, a position often used to groom an MP for a cabinet post.

According to the website Rudd’s House of Commons voting record shows she voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits, voted for the introduction of university tuition fees and for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency.

On the economy she voted for a rise in the rate of VAT. On the structure of Parliament Ms Rudd voted for hereditary peers to be removed from the House of Lords and for fewer MPs in the House of Commons.

Rudd has voted for UK military forces to be used in combat operations overseas and also voted for the introduction of same-sex marriages.