A fter three successive terms as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Bexhill & Battle and over four years as Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change, I stood down from the House of Commons on the 30 March 2015 to rejoin the private sector. However, I will continue to be active in public policy, including in my new role as chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission and as a trustee of the Climate Group.
It has been a huge privilege to serve the local community and I would like to thank all my former constituents for their tremendous support over the years. My successor Huw Merriman MP will do a terrific job as member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle. All enquiries and issues relating to both the constituency and the Conservative Party should now be directed to Huw.
Rt Hon Lord Barker of Battle PC served as UK Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change from 2010 to 2014. He presided over the largest ever expansion of UK clean energy, seeing the percentage of renewable electricity on the grid rise from 6% to 18%.
L ord Barker was educated at Lancing College, London University and London Business School. After training as a stockmarket analyst his City career spanned mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, investor relations, the energy sector and private equity.
He was elected to Parliament in 2001, serving on the Environmental Audit Select Committee 2001-2005. He was an early supporter of David Cameron. Following Mr Cameron’s leadership victory in 2005, Lord Barker was appointed first shadow environment minister and helped the then new leader transform the Conservative approach to the environment and climate change issues.
Following the election of 2010 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2012. His achievements at the DECC included the creation of the Green Investment Bank, a radical new approach to energy efficiency and a massive expansion of decentralised energy, including the deployment of 5GW of Solar PV, and panels on over 750k homes. He over saw the launch of the world first, Renewable Heat Incentive. He helped deliver the comprehensive reform of the UK electricity sector, which has created the world’s largest offshore wind programme. He pioneered UK “green” trade missions abroad and in addition to his role at DECC, served as Minister for Business Engagement with India from 2012 – 2014.
Lord Barker represented the UK at all major International Climate negotiations between 2010 & 2014 and took a lead international role mobilising private climate finance for developing countries.
After Lord Barker stood down from Government in July 2014, he was appointed the Prime Minister’s envoy on Climate Change. He relinquished this formal role ahead of leaving the House of Commons in March 2015 to re-join the private sector. He now serves on the board of, and advises several major companies both at home and abroad.
Lord Barker was appointed chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission by Mayor Boris Johnson in January 2015 and also joined the London Infrastructure Delivery Board. He is a trustee of the Climate Group, a member of the European board of the Environmental Defence Fund and a trustee of the board of De La Warr Pavilion.
He is honorary president of the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA).
Gregory Barker was created a life Peer on the recommendation of the Prime Minister in the Dissolution Honours List in August 2015 and now sits as a Conservative in the House of Lords as Lord Barker of Battle.
Letter from Prime Minster David Cameron to Gregory Barker following his decision to stand down as Envoy on Climate Change.
Letter from Prime Minster David Cameron to Gregory Barker following his decision to stand down as Minister of State for Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle at the 2015 General Election.
Please note that all political and Bexhill & Battle constituency enquires should now be directed to Huw Merriman MP who can be reached in Bexhill on 01424 736861 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.