61 Facts About Amber Rudd


Amber Augusta Rudd was born on 1 August 1963 and is a British former politician who served as Home Secretary from 2016 to 2018 and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2018 to 2019.


Amber Rudd was a Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, first elected in 2010, representing the Conservative Party, and stood down from parliament in 2019.


Amber Rudd identifies herself as a one-nation conservative, and has been associated with both socially liberal and economically liberal policies.


Amber Rudd worked as an investment banker before being elected to the House of Commons for Hastings and Rye in East Sussex in 2010, defeating incumbent Labour MP Michael Foster.


Amber Rudd served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2015 to 2016 in the Cameron Government, where she worked on renewable energy resources and climate change mitigation.


Amber Rudd previously served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change from 2014 to 2015.


Amber Rudd was appointed Home Secretary in the May government on 13 July 2016, and given the additional role of Minister for Women and Equalities in January 2018.


Amber Rudd was the third female Home Secretary, the fifth woman to hold one of the Great Offices of State and the fastest-rising politician to a Great Office of State since the Second World War.


Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary in April 2018 in connection with the Windrush deportation scandal.


On 16 November 2018, Amber Rudd was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary by Prime Minister Theresa May, succeeding Esther McVey.


Amber Rudd was re-appointed by Boris Johnson on 24 July 2019 and succeeded Penny Mordaunt in her previous portfolio as Minister for Women and Equalities.


Amber Rudd was born on 1 August 1963 in Marylebone, London, the fourth child of stockbroker Tony Amber Rudd and magistrate Ethne Fitzgerald, daughter of Maurice Fitzgerald QC and Christine.


Amber Rudd's elder brother Roland is a public relations executive, and was a prominent Labour supporter.


Amber Rudd was educated at New Hall School, Cheltenham Ladies' College, an independent school in Gloucestershire, and from 1979 to 1981 at Queen's College, London, an independent day school for girls in London, followed by Edinburgh University where she read history.


Amber Rudd became a director of the investment company Lawnstone Limited at the age of 24 in January 1988, taking over from her sister and brother-in-law.


Amber Rudd was a co-director of Monticello between 1999 and 2000, but the company was liquidated in 2003.


Amber Rudd helped to find extras for the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, for which she was credited as the "aristocracy co-ordinator", and appeared briefly in one of the church scenes in the film.


Amber Rudd was vice-chair of the Parliamentary committee on female genital mutilation, which campaigned against FGM and called for tougher legal penalties in the area.


Amber Rudd has called for a higher proportion of women in Cabinet.


In July 2014, Amber Rudd was appointed Minister for the Department for Energy and Climate Change.


Amber Rudd participated in ITV's Brexit referendum debate regarding the European Union.


Amber Rudd campaigned for the Remain side alongside Nicola Sturgeon and Angela Eagle.


Amber Rudd was reappointed as Home Secretary after the 2017 general election, in which she retained her seat at Hastings and Rye by 346 votes.


In September 2017 on The Andrew Marr Show, Amber Rudd accused Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of trying to undermine the Prime Minister, Theresa May, calling him a 'back-seat driver'.


On 3 October 2017, during the Conservative Party Conference, it was reported that Amber Rudd had hired Tory pollster Lynton Crosby to help her increase her majority in Hastings and Rye, amid speculation that she was planning to launch a bid for leadership of the party.


In November 2017, after US President Donald Trump retweeted 3 anti-Muslim videos from the far right group Britain First, Amber Rudd criticised Trump for promoting the content and argued that Britain First is a hateful organisation.


Amber Rudd further went on that relations between the US and Britain are vital to the safety of both countries and have saved British lives.


On 29 April 2018, Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary after misleading the Home Affairs Select Committee on deportation targets.


In September 2018, during an interview on BBC Two's Politics Live, Amber Rudd was asked if she planned a comeback, to which she replied that she was "not without ambition".


In October 2017, Amber Rudd announced a move by the Conservative government to crack down on what British citizens are permitted to view on the internet.


Amber Rudd denied seeing a Home Office report saying cuts to the police force likely were a factor in rising violent crime.


Amber Rudd had denied that falling police numbers contributed to increased crime.


On 16 November 2018, Amber Rudd returned to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions following the resignation of Esther McVey over opposition to Theresa May's Draft Withdrawal Agreement and the Brexit negotiations.


Ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum, Amber Rudd supported the UK remaining in the EU.


From late 2018, Amber Rudd said that a second referendum over Brexit might be appropriate.


Amber Rudd said, 'Parliament has to reach a majority on how it's going to leave the European Union.


On 7 September 2019 Amber Rudd resigned from the cabinet and surrendered the Conservative whip.


Amber Rudd cited her reason for resigning as she felt that the government's main objective was a no-deal Brexit over leaving with a deal.


Amber Rudd has been involved in the campaign for the Hastings fishing fleet.


Amber Rudd campaigned successfully for the construction of the Hastings to Bexhill Link Road.


Amber Rudd is spearheading a campaign called Complete The Link to see the final stage of the road get funding for construction.


Amber Rudd has supported electrification of the Marshlink Line from Hastings to Ashford International, organising transport decision-makers for a series of rail summits.


On 7 September 2019, Amber Rudd confirmed that she would not be standing in Hastings and Rye because she did not want to divide loyalties in her constituency.


On 30 October 2019, Amber Rudd announced in the Evening Standard that she was not going to contest the upcoming general election even though Prime Minister Boris Johnson had asked her to stand again as a Conservative candidate, although Downing Street denied this.


In 2019, Amber Rudd endorsed and campaigned for former Justice Secretary David Gauke who was standing as an Independent in South West Hertfordshire against the Conservative candidate.


Amber Rudd apologised for the "appalling" treatment of the Windrush generation, but faced calls to resign from senior figures in the Labour Party.


On 23 April 2018, Amber Rudd announced that fees and language tests for citizenship applicants would be waived and compensation given to those affected amidst continued calls for her to resign.


Amber Rudd first denied there were targets for the removal of immigrants.


In September 2018, during an interview on BBC Two's Politics Live, Amber Rudd said that she had little choice but to resign given the "justifiable outrage" at the Government's handling of the Windrush generation.


In October 2016, Amber Rudd decided not to open an inquiry into the events at Orgreave during the 1984 miners' strike, saying that there was "not a sufficient basis for me to instigate either a statutory inquiry or an independent review".


Amber Rudd failed to appear in Parliament to defend her decision, and was accused of having "cruelly misled" campaigners for justice in what they saw as her "bitter betrayal".


At the 2016 Conservative Party Conference, Amber Rudd suggested that companies should be forced to disclose how many foreign workers they employ.


Amber Rudd's speech was recorded by West Midlands Police as a hate incident following a complaint by the physicist Joshua Silver, but was not investigated.


Amber Rudd failed to provide a barrister for this proceeding and was instead represented by a government solicitor, a move which the presiding judge described as "inconceivable".


In September 2017, The Guardian reported that Amber Rudd had authorised the deportation of Samim Bigzad to Kabul, in breach of an earlier ruling banning her from doing so owing to the ongoing threat to his life from the Taliban.


However, footballer John Barnes defended Amber Rudd, saying that she had been taken out of context and that she should have been praised for defending Abbott.


Since leaving Parliament, Amber Rudd was made a senior adviser at Teneo and an adviser to Darktrace.


Amber Rudd was formerly in a relationship with fellow Conservative MP Kwasi Kwarteng.


Amber Rudd is a trustee of the Snowdon Trust, an organisation that helps young disabled people access education.


Amber Rudd has been a director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize since 2003, an annual award for a first-time female playwright in the English language.


Amber Rudd served as a governor of The St Leonards Academy in Hastings.