New boy Norman appointed as UK Energy Minister

Jesse Norman, MP
Jesse Norman, MP

The final ministerial appointment and two portfolio announcements in the UK’s Energy and Business Department have been made by the prime minister.

The new minister for British Energy and Industry is Jesse Norman, MP.

He was elected as MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire in May 2010 and this is his first ministerial job.

Previously he was chairman of the Westminster Culture, Media and Sports committee.

Although Baroness (Lucy) Neville-Rolfe was announced as a Minister in the department last week, neither her portfolio nor that of fellow Minister Nick Hurd, MP, was announced.

Today she has been confirmed as Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property while Hurd is announced as Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry.

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson commented: “The Tories can’t even claim that the interests of Scotland’s vital oil and gas industries will be represented by the UK Energy Secretary – as they have downgraded that post and divvied up responsibility between an un-elected Lord and a newly appointed junior minister.”

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