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Amber Rudd

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Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Assumed office
16 November 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Boris Johnson
Preceded by Esther McVey
Minister for Women and Equalities
Assumed office
24 July 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Preceded by Penny Mordaunt
In office
9 January 2018 – 30 April 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Justine Greening
Succeeded by Penny Mordaunt
Home Secretary
In office
13 July 2016 – 29 April 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Theresa May
Succeeded by Sajid Javid
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
11 May 2015 – 13 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Ed Davey
Succeeded by Greg Clark
Minister of State for Climate Change
In office
15 July 2014 – 11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Greg Barker
Succeeded by Nick Hurd
Member of Parliament
for Hastings and Rye
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Foster
Majority 346 (0.5%)
Personal details
Born
Amber Augusta Rudd

1 August 1963 (1963-08-01) (age 58)
Marylebone, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)
A. A. Gill
(m. 1990; div. 1995)
Children 2
Parents
  • Tony Rudd
  • Ethne Fitzgerald
Relatives Roland Rudd (brother)
Education Cheltenham Ladies' College
Queen's College, London
Alma mater University of Edinburgh (MA)
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Amber Augusta Rudd (born 1 August 1963) is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 2018. A member of the Conservative Party, she served as Home Secretary from 2016 to 2018; Rudd was first elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Hastings and Rye in 2010. She identifies herself as a one-nation conservative, and has been associated with both economically liberal and socially liberal policies.

Rudd was born in Marylebone and studied History at the University of Edinburgh School of History, Classics and Archaeology. She was first elected to the House of Commons for Hastings and Rye, in East Sussex in 2010 after defeating incumbent Labour MP Michael Foster. Rudd served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2015 to 2016 in the Cameron Government, where she spearheaded the need for renewable energy resources and climate change mitigation. She previously served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, deputising for Ed Davey at the Department for Energy and Climate Change from 2014 to 2015.

She was appointed Home Secretary in the May Government on 13 July 2016, and given the additional role of Minister for Women and Equalities in January 2018. Rudd was the third female Home Secretary, the fifth woman to hold one of the Great Offices of State and the fastest-rising politician to a Great Office of State since the Second World War. Rudd resigned as Home Secretary in April 2018 in connection with the Windrush deportation scandal.

On 16 November 2018, Rudd was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by Prime Minister Theresa May, succeeding Esther McVey. She was re-appointed by Boris Johnson on 24 July 2019 and succeeded Penny Mordaunt in her previous portfolio as Minister for Women and Equalities.

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