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Cabinet reshuffle sees Greg Hands appointed as UK energy minister

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Greg Hands has been appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Business,  Energy & Industrial Strategy, to oversee the government’s energy, clean growth and climate related plans.

Formerly the Minister of State for Trade Policy in the Department for International Trade (DIT), Mr Hands replaces Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who has been appointed Secretary of State for International Trade.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Hands said:

“Trade was a great role, but so is minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

“Energy, clean growth and climate change – some of the biggest challenges and opportunities for the Government as we approach COP26.”

The move is part of a major reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that has seen a number of posts change hands, including Liz Truss replacing Domic Raab as the Foreign secretary, Michael Gove replacing Robert Jenrick as Housing Secretary and Simon Clarke, a leading advocate of the country’s net zero ambitions, taking up the role of Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, Environment Secretary George Eustice, and COP26 President Alok Sharma all remain in their roles following yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle, in order to retain continuity ahead of COP26 this Autumn.

Please visit the government’s website for a full list of the ministerial appointments.

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