In an unexpected announcement, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has been replaced by International Development Secretary Alok Sharma, who has also been named as a COP26 President. Here, edie examines Sharma’s track record on climate legislation to date. In what spiralled into a massive cabinet overhaul, Alok Sharma has been confirmed as the replacement for Andrea Leadsom as Business Secretary at BEIS, while Theresa Villiers is set to be replaced as Environment Minister by George Eustice. To top the reshuffle off, Sajid Javid has resigned as Chancellor and has been replaced by Rishi Sunak, who steps up from the role of Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Between 2015 and 2017, Sunak was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
Edie 13th Feb 2020 read more »
The Scottish Green Party has warned that the UK Government’s appointment of Alok Sharma as minister for the COP26 UN climate summit is a threat to meaningful climate action.
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Responsibility for this year’s crucial UN climate change summit in Glasgow has been handed to Alok Sharma, a previously little known minister who will juggle the role with his new job as Business Secretary. The former International Development Secretary was named as president of the COP 26 conference, giving him only nine months to prepare for the event alongside the day-to-day requirements of his other job. The appointment was immediately condemned by the Scottish Green Party, which said Mr Sharma’s dual role suggested the Government’s main aim from the summit was to “sell UK Plc”.
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