UK: Amber Rudd appointed Home Secretary

New Prime Minster Theresa May has appointed Amber Rudd to the role of Home Secretary.

The 52 year old former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change takes the post vacated by Mrs May held since May 2010.

Mrs Rudd is the third  woman to hold the role of Home Secretary. She was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College, before graduating from Edinburgh University with a degree in history.

Prior to her election as an MP in 2010 in the East Sussex constituency of Hastings and Rye, Mrs Rudd worked in investment banking in London and New York, and founded specialist executive search and HR consultancy Lawnstone Ltd.

She campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU during the recent referendum.

Following her appointment, Mrs Rudd has declined to be drawn on whether the government is upholding its commitment to reducing net migration to the “tens of thousands”, but said her goal was bring immigration down to “sustainable levels”.

Downing Street said there was no change of policy and in Theresa May's view, "sustainable levels does mean the tens of thousands".

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK