Huhne exit paves way for Davey to take up first cabinet job

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CHRIS Huhne’s departure has given Ed Davey his first cabinet job, taking over as Energy and Climate Change Secretary.

Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said Mr Davey – who won plaudits for his handling of postal issues as a Business Minister – had shown a “lifelong commitment to the environment”.

Kingston and Surbiton MP Mr Davey said: “It is a sad day for many people in the department and the Liberal Democrats because Chris Huhne has had a real vision for a green economy and he has done fabulous work as secretary of state.

“I have now got to take up the challenges, the challenge of climate change, the challenge of energy security, and I am particularly conscious of the impact on consumers’ households across the country of high energy bills.”

He added: “I want us to have a green economy where there’s lots of green jobs to help growth in our economy.”

First elected in 1997, Mr Davey was educated at Nottingham High School where Ken Clarke and Ed Balls also studied. He achieved a First in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Jesus College, Oxford, and was a Lib Dem adviser then a management consult before standing for parliament.

Mr Clegg’s former parliamentary aide Norman Lamb takes over his old job, where he will be responsible for employment relations, consumer and postal affairs.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Norman pioneered our policy to privatise Royal Mail and establish employee share ownership in the business so it is fitting that he will be responsible for implementing that policy.”

Mr Lamb has been MP for North Norfolk since 2001 and was previously an employment lawyer. Jo Swinson takes over as parliamentary private secretary to Mr Clegg.