Alok Sharma: The Minister with Nine Months to Prepare the UK for Global Climate Talks

Source: Desmog UK


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Alok Sharma has today been appointed President of COP26, the UN climate negotiations taking place in Glasgow later this year, following Claire O’Neill’s removal from the post last month.

Sharma, who has served as an MP for Reading West since 2010 and was previously the Conservative’s Secretary of State for International Development, will also lead the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), replacing Andrea Leadsom. He previously served as the Minister for Employment and Housing in Theresa May’s government and was the Conservative Party Vice-Chairman from 2012 to 2015.