In this issue: This is a special Intelligence Briefing highlighting key ministerial appointments in the new Government. The regular Intelligence Briefing will resume on Thursday 14th May.
Prime Minister appoints Sajid Javid as new Business Secretary
EEF has welcomed the Prime Minister’s appointment of Sajid Javid as the new business secretary. Mr Javid takes on this key role at a pivotal time for the economy and industry, as the business community seeks stability and continuity in policy and a commitment to a long-term business strategy. EEF Chief Executive Terry Scuoler will be urging Mr Javid to focus on three things in particular: building on the success of the previous administration’s work on industrial strategy and ensuring this is applied across Government; maintaining funding for important levers of growth, including research and innovation and support for exporters, through UKTI; and helping ensure Government delivers the big ticket infrastructure projects, from the new airport hub, to rail and road improvements.
It is anticipated that the new Secretary of State will play an important role in any EU negotiations and in the forthcoming referendum and EEF will continue to stress that the vast majority of businesses he will now be representing in Government want Britain to remain at the heart of a reformed EU.
DECC Secretary of State
Amber Rudd, who was previously Energy and Climate Change Minister, has been promoted to the role of Secretary of State.
The full list of ministerial announcements is available on the Government website.
EEF’s experienced policy and external affairs teams are working closely with the new administration, including new ministers and their advisers, to ensure that manufacturers’ views and interests are fully represented across government.
For more information contact Hywel Jarman, Director of External Affairs
Blogs from this week
8 May 2015 - And now down to business | Paul Raynes
6 May 2015 - Quiz: Are you a Manufacturing Champion? | Verity O’Keefe
1 May 2015 - Is manufacturing losing momentum? | Felicity Burch