Feb 6th 2012
Edward Davey replaces Chris Huhne as energy secretary
Chris Huhne resigned from his post as energy and climate change secretary on Friday 3 February. His resignation came after he was charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to a speeding offence from 2003. In his letter of resignation he described his plans to "mount a robust defence against the charges" and concluded that "it would be distracting to both that effort and to [his] official duties if [he] were to continue in office." Prime minister David Cameron said he believes Huhne made the right decision under the circumstances. The PM praised Huhne for playing a key role in helping the government tackle climate change and in securing progress made the UN climate change summits in both Cancun and Durban. Following Huhne's resignation former business minister Edward Davey was appointed energy and climate change secretary. Arriving at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) headquarters Davey said he would take up the challenges of climate change and energy security facing the UK and follow Huhne's priorities, which are to enable the development of a green economy with the level of green jobs and investment the country needs to help grow the economy.
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