UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sacked Andrea Leadsom as Energy Secretary, and head of the country’s Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) just six months into her tenure.
The role will be taken up by former International Development Secretary Alok Sharma.
The announcement of Leadsom’s firing comes close on the heels of Johnson’s sacking of her predecessor, Claire Perry as COP26 leader. Sharma will take over both roles.
The announcement is a blow to diversity in Johnson’s top posts. Junior cabinet positions are meant to be equally representative, but the move reduces the number of women in Johnson’s cabinet to just 7 out of 22 members.
Leadsom, who challenged Johnson for the leadership of the Conservative Party in the December elections has been reported to be a high-profile critic of wind energy, and during her tenure as Energy Minister in 2015 and 2016 helped manoeuvre policy to exclude wind in national support mechanism, instead lending support to fracking-based gas extraction.
Leadsom sent a series of tweets expressing her sentiments on the move:
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