Number 10 has this evening announced a mini-reshuffle, confirming that Alok Sharma will become the full-time President of the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow and as such will relinquish his role as Business Secretary. Kwasi Kwarteng has been promoted from his role as Energy and Clean Growth Minister to step into Sharma’s shoes as Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, while Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been appointed to take on Kwarteng’s Ministerial role and will be tasked with driving forward UK climate and energy policy and co-ordinating the delivery of the Prime Minister’s recently announced 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. Sharma is said to have impressed colleagues and counterparts from around the world since taking on the role and is understood to have made the case to Number 10 that taking on the Presidency as a full time role would increase the chances of a successful summit and help bolster the UK’s standing as a climate leader.
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Boris Johnson has moved his business secretary, Alok Sharma, to work full-time on preparations for the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow this November, a change urged by environmental experts given the scale of the role. For the past 11 months, Sharma has combined being Cop26 president with his job as business secretary. He will now undertake the Cop role full-time, with Kwasi Kwarteng taking the business brief.
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Boris Johnson has appointed the Conservatives’ first black Secretary of State after Alok Sharma relinquished the role of Business Secretary to focus on hosting this year’s COP26 climate conference. Kwasi Kwarteng, who previously served under Mr Sharma, will now step up to run the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He had previously been tipped to take over as president of the global climate summit in Glasgow, but Mr Sharma, who has been leading on the preparations since February last year, has been asked to take on the role full-time. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who lost her place in Cabinet as a result of the Department for International Trade merging with the Foreign Office, has also returned to fill Mr Kwarteng’s former role as minister for business, energy and clean growth.
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