[12], On 26 February 2008, Davey was suspended from parliament for the day for ignoring a warning from the Deputy Speaker. It is his experience of caring that drives much of his politics, and motivates his tireless campaigning for more NHS investment and a better deal for carers.

Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, Ed Davey is the new leader of the Lib Dems, Jo Swinson lost her seat in December 2019, Sir Ed Davey elected new Leader of the Liberal Democrats by 2 to 1, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). I was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the youngest of three sons. Davey took up several business appointments after leaving his role as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in May 2015. [151] They live in Surbiton, London; Davey lived there before his election to Parliament in 1997. [a] A member of the Liberal Democrats, Davey previously served in the Cameron–Clegg coalition as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2012 to 2015 and Deputy Leader to Jo Swinson from 2019 to 2020. [99] Davey is currently the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for HM Treasury, having previously served as Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Home Office from 2017 to 2019. [64][129] Additionally he welcomed the rise of consumer switching websites. [122][123] Since the 2000s, Davey has been vocal on the issue of detention without trial, in particular Guantanamo and Bagram, which he believed required transparency and formal investigation of torture allegations. Sir Edward Jonathan Davey FRSA MP (born 25 December 1965) is a British politician who has served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats since 2019. He served as a Liberal Democrat Spokesperson to Charles Kennedy, Menzies Campbell and Nick Clegg from 2005 to 2010. [108], Following Jo Swinson's resignation as a result of losing her seat in the December 2019 general election, Davey became interim co-leader alongside the party president (at first Baroness Sal Brinton,[109] and then Mark Pack). He lost his seat in the 2015 general election, but regained it in the snap election held two years later.

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Their first child, a son named John Alban Davey, was born in December 2007. Ed Davey Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

[154], "Edward Davey" redirects here. However, he ruled out standing over family concerns, but called on the Liberal Democrats to be "the party of reform" and "super-ambitious -– just like radical centrists in Canada, France and the Netherlands". [81] In May 2014 at a meeting in Rome, G7 energy ministers including Davey agreed formally to a process for reducing dependency on Russian energy, “Putin has crossed a line” Davey declared. [89] In 'The Liberal Democrats and supply-side economics', published in an issue of the Institute of Economic Affairs' Economic Affairs journal, Davey was identified as the Liberal Democrat who had achieved the most in terms of supply-side reforms.

Davey then remained in the Surbiton seat for 18 years. He said: “I recognise this wasn’t an acceptable choice of phrase and I’m sorry. [12] He was closely involved in the development of Liberal Democrat policies such as 1% on income tax to pay for education, and central bank independence for the 1992 general election. [47][59][60][61][62][63] Domestically, Davey focused on increasing competition in the energy market by removing barriers to entry for smaller companies, and streamlining the customer switching process, declaring in 2013 that “competition works.”[64][65] He also approved the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. [136] After leaving the office of Energy Secretary in 2015 he explained that he had planned to “eliminate subsidies over the coming years”[137] and had previously stated, “ultimately I don’t want the government—the Secretary of State—to decide what that low carbon mix is .