Ed was first elected as the MP for Doncaster North in May 2005. He served as Minister for the Cabinet Office under Gordon Brown in 2007 and then as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2008 to 2010. In this role, Ed oversaw the introduction of the Climate Change Act 2008 which made it the Government’s duty to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions reduced by at least 80% by 2050 in order to avoid dangerous climate change. From 2010 to 2015, he served as the Leader of the Labour Party in opposition.
In 2016, along with the BBC, Ed investigated the practices of rent-to-own companies, such as Brighthouse, who have since been ordered to pay £14.8 million in compensation following the firm’s ‘irresponsible lending’. Changes were introduced in 2019, as a direct result of the campaign, which limit the amount of interest the rent-to-own sector can charge.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, Ed served as a Commissioner for Shelter’s Social Housing Commission. The Commission published its final report in 2019. The report recommended a historic renewal of social housing, with a 20-year programme to deliver 3.1 million more social homes. It also called for a stronger voice for tenants and a new regulator working across social and private rental sectors to protect residents and enforce standards.
Ed is currently serving as a co-Chair to IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission and the Chair of Doncaster’s Climate Change Commission. Both Commissions will help to develop ideas and policies to bring about a rapid green transition that is fair and just.
As well as his Parliamentary work, Ed is the co-host of popular current affairs podcast ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’. Ed is married to Justine and they have two young sons. In his spare time, Ed enjoys watching baseball and football, and he is a big fan of both the Boston Red Sox and Leeds United.