Alok Sharma leaves BEIS to focus on COP

Alok Sharma is leaving his role as Business Secretary in order to fully focus on the presidency of COP26. Sharma will still be a full member of Cabinet and will chair the Climate Action Implementation Committee.

He will be replaced at the BEIS by Kwasi Kwarteng, and Sharma sent congratulations to him via a Tweet saying “he will do a brilliant job! “.

Sharma was appointed President for COP 26 on 8 January 2020 and was the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy between 13 February 2020 and 8 January 2020.

Prior to entering Parliament, he was an accountant with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, and then worked for 16 years within banking, first with the Japanese firm Nikko Securities and then Enskilda Securities.

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