Update 13/5 - Amber
Rudd has been appointed as secretary of state for energy
and climate change. Rudd has been
welcomed by green groups. She will be
joined at the department by Andrea
Leadsom, who has called onshore wind's benefits "
hugely exaggerated". Lord Bourne is
expected to replace junior minister Baroness
Verma, though Verma's ministerial profile remains on the
With all 650 seats having declared their
election results, the Conservatives have secured 331 seats, five
more than they needed to form a majority in the House of Commons
and return David Cameron to Downing Street.
The outcome defies expectations of a hung
parliament and sees the UK return to single-party government after
five years of Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition. The junior coalition
partner had, under Ed Davey and Chris Huhne, held the secretary of
state position at the Department for Energy and Climate Change
(DECC) since 2010.
The result means the UK is set for an in-out
referendum on EU membership in 2017, or even sooner. Cameron wants
to renegotiate the terms of membership and has promised to campaign
for the UK to stay within the EU if he is successful. European
Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has
ruled out EU treaty changes before November
The other big story of the election has been the
Scottish National Party's almost total victory north of the border,
winning all but three seats.
Carbon Brief brings you a summary of the key
Conservative manifesto pledges on climate and energy plus reactions
Climate and energy pledges
The top line on the Conservative approach to
climate and energy issues is that the party will stick to the UK's
overarching carbon targets, while focusing on minimising costs.
We've summarised some key messages from the Tory
manifesto in this graphic: