Ed Davey MP is the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, where he first won in 1997, and former Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.
Born in Nottingham, Ed’s father died when he was 4. His mother became terminally ill when he was 12, and with his brothers, Ed acted as a carer for his mother for three years. This experience shaped Ed’s life, and can be seen in his support for the NHS and his dedication to helping the most disadvantaged in our society.
An economist by training, Ed was inspired to enter environmental politics after reading Jonathan Porritt’s Seeing Green as a teenager. He then went to work for Paddy Ashdown and the Liberal Democrats and developed key policies for the 1992 General Election, like penny on income tax for education.
Ed and his team won Kingston and Surbiton when it wasn’t a target seat, at the first attempt, by just 56 votes – and then in the 2001 General Election increased the majority to 15,676 over the Conservatives.
A true Liberal and believer in equality, in 2003 Ed moved the amendment in Parliament to scrap the homophobic Section 28 and in 2008, following a 5 year campaign which took him into the Pentagon, he achieved the release of a constituent who was wrongly and unlawfully imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay.
Ed was appointed Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change in 2012 and led the fight for more investment in renewable energy, to tackle climate change. As a direct result of the work Ed did in government, the UK almost quadrupled its green energy, Britain became the world leader in offshore wind and the cost of renewables fell dramatically, so green power has become competitive.
Ed also led the way across Europe, successfully negotiating ambitious EU-wide targets to cut greenhouse gases, whilst working at the UN’s climate talks, paving the way for the historic Paris Climate Treaty.
After losing in 2015, Ed campaigned hard for Remain at the referendum, and gained his seat back in 2017. Since then Ed has been fighting for us to keep our place in Europe, pushing for a proper response to the Climate Emergency, and helping Liberal Democrats get elected across the country.
Tackling Climate Change
Stopping Brexit is key to tackling the Climate Emergency – as Ed’s pivotal role in negotiating Europe’s 2030 climate target shows.
Ed wants to build on his success in making Britain the world leader in offshore wind, with his radical plan for carbon-free capitalism.
Fighting for Liberal Values
Equality, human rights and internationalism are central to Ed’s Liberalism.
From moving the amendment to abolish Section 28 to his five year battle to secure his constituent’s release from Guantanamo, Ed has decades of commitment in championing Liberal values.
Ed has huge experience in campaigning in his own seat and across the country in council and Parliamentary elections. He believes in having simple campaign messages – from “ED for Education” to “Stop Brexit”. He wants to strengthen the party’s brand, so people instinctively know what Liberal Democrats stand – based around the environment, climate change and education.
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