Ed Davey

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A Cabinet of losers?

1 April 2015 14:01

Here’s an interesting factoid. We have gone the longest time since any serving Cabinet Minister has lost their seat… ever. Seven were booted out in 1997, most famously Defence Secretary… Continue reading

The Greenpeace message at the Nazca Lines World Heritage site

How green and peaceful really is Greenpeace?

5 February 2015 10:28

For the best part of half a century Greenpeace’s constant campaigning on environmental issues has been an almost unmitigated success. Its effectiveness has brought it both astonishing wealth and almost… Continue reading

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Time to switch energy companies say ministers

17 March 2014 17:07

Both coalition parties remain scarred by the political potency of Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze energy prices. They are determined to do what they can to stop this issue gaining… Continue reading

Eggborough power station (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

The Climate Change Act will do untold damage to British industry

16 December 2013 15:28

‘A very good deal for Britain,’ is how Ed Davey described the contract with EDF and Chinese backers to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset,… Continue reading

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Ed Davey’s energy policy claims another victim

14 December 2013 17:22

At last week’s Spectator energy conference Michael Fallon appeared to steer government policy away from green ideology and in a more business and consumer-friendly direction.   But there was to… Continue reading

The Labour Party Conference Continues

Caroline Flint and Ed Davey clash over who cares most about consumers

2 December 2013 16:49

One of the Conservatives’ great victories in government has been to portray the party as on the side of consumers against behemoth and sometimes inefficient producers. Take education, where Michael… Continue reading

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We can reduce carbon emissions, but we can’t afford Labour’s targets

2 December 2013 12:15

If Britain is to meet its self-imposed carbon-reduction targets it means the end of coal by 2030. Things aren’t looking much brighter for the coalition. The deep fissure between Liberal Democrat-driven green… Continue reading

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Ed Davey focuses fire on Labour – for now

2 December 2013 9:07

Of all the ministers involved in the Coalition negotiations over energy bills, Ed Davey has had quite the worst experience. He has had to water down his conference bullishness about… Continue reading

The next phase in the energy debate will depend on the contents of George Osborne's Autumn Statement.

While we wait for George Osborne, Grant Shapps takes to Buzzfeed to talk about energy policy

12 November 2013 15:30

The energy debate is in stasis. Everything, it seems, hangs on the contents of the Autumn Statement. EDF has announced a price rise; bills will go up by an average 3.9 per… Continue reading

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Coalition parties near a deal on energy bills

27 October 2013 15:20

The good news for the Cameroons on energy is that it looks like they’ll get an agreement by the Autumn Statement to take at least some of the green levies… Continue reading

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Nuclear should never be ‘the last resort’

22 October 2013 10:45

Yesterday’s agreement between the French state-owned company EDF and the UK Government regarding the ‘strike price’ for the electricity that will be generated by Hinkley C should be welcomed by… Continue reading

Nick Clegg wanted a sausage machine government, where parties are always clear on differences. Photo: Getty Images

Lib Dem free school confusion undermines Clegg’s ‘sausage machine’ model

21 October 2013 14:30

What does everyone think about free schools? That’s the question that is being asked of every Liberal Democrat who has the misfortune to pop up in broadcast interviews today, because… Continue reading

Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station Expansion Plans

Hinkley nuclear deal: what it means for the global race and the big freeze

21 October 2013 9:10

Today is, as we all know, the start of economy week in Westminster, with politicians striving to show that all that jubilant talk about dawns breaking over the hill this… Continue reading

Ed Davey on Marr, making it up as he goes along

Ed Davey’s energy fantasies

19 October 2013 13:13

As energy prices continue to — with British Gas imposing a 9.2 per cent rise — the government is under growing pressure. The tragedy is that any genuine solution to the… Continue reading


Why bother to switch energy provider?

18 October 2013 14:11

The Prime Minister and the Energy Minister, Ed Davey, were unanimous in their response to the British Gas price hike this week by 10 per cent, about four times the… Continue reading


George Osborne attempts political jiu-jitsu on Ed Miliband

6 October 2013 15:13

If this conference season is remembered for anything, it will be for Ed Miliband’s pledge to freeze energy prices. This pledge might be economically flawed but it has given the… Continue reading

Ed Davey, attacked by wind live on national television. Photo: BBC.

Luciana Berger lambasts Ed Davey over inaccuracies in his conference speech

17 September 2013 16:51

Ed Davey hasn’t had a great conference. First the jokes in the energy secretary’s speech bombed. Then a sign fell on his head on live television (above). Now he’s got… Continue reading

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Lib Dem conference: Ed Davey’s full-throttle attack on Owen Paterson (and some terrible jokes)

15 September 2013 17:19

Ed Davey has a good story to tell his party about fighting the Tories to get a Lib Dem vision for energy policy into government. His speech today was supposed… Continue reading

Ed Davey's grilling on the Sunday Politics has caused much outcry. Photo: BBC.

An inconvenient interview: Andrew Neil defends his grilling of Ed Davey

22 July 2013 17:49

Andrew Neil’s interview on Sunday Politics the other week triggered much reaction – and protest from those who do not believe that there is a debate to be had. Andrew has… Continue reading


How the government’s energy policies will benefit a rich sheikh at the expense of the poor

4 July 2013 21:33

Today Ed Davey launched the London Array, an enormous offshore wind farm, and the Prime Minister posed for pictures with a sheikh whose sovereign wealth fund put up part of… Continue reading

David Cameron has reshuffled his deck. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

David Cameron mini-shuffle done to move John Hayes from DECC

28 March 2013 13:47

Downing Street’s mini-shuffle announced this morning to coincide with a joint Cameron Fallon visit to a green car plant is intriguing. Having made some inquiries, it seems that the aim… Continue reading

David Cameron has 'promoted' John Hayes and Michael Fallon. (PAUL ROGERS/AFP/Getty Images)

Mini reshuffle shows Cameron trying to get a grip

28 March 2013 10:51

The mini reshuffle earlier this morning is significant. David Cameron has moved Tory ‘greybeards’ to address problem areas. Cameron’s twitter feed has announced: ‘Delighted John Hayes joining me as a… Continue reading

Ed Davey

Ed Davey sounds more enthusiastic about Nick Clegg than Nick Clegg himself

10 February 2013 15:43

It took a while for Nick Clegg to confirm that he would stay with his party to 2015, but today his colleague Ed Davey did him a favour (or perhaps… Continue reading

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Osborne to back fracking and 30 new gas power stations

4 December 2012 8:51

Coalition tensions over energy won’t relax with George Osborne’s gas strategy, which he will launch alongside the Autumn Statement tomorrow. The Financial Times reports that the Chancellor’s strategy will approve… Continue reading

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The politics of energy

20 November 2012 9:13

When David Cameron made his surprise announcement about forcing energy companies to offer customers their cheapest deal, he added, as an afterthought, that the leader of the opposition had missed… Continue reading